Lube It Up To Ease Insertion And For Better Protection!!August 7, 2014
Centre for Popular Education and Human Rights (CEPEHRG) will campaign to increase access, availability, and use of safe, affordable, condom-compatible lubricant by all who engage in sexual intercourse in Ghana, with special attention given to the LGBT community. The organization will call for the inclusion of condom-compatible lubricant in the national essential drug list. Educational and social marketing efforts will take place at the community outreach level and through CEPEHRG’s national advocacy work. (AmfAR , Irma, CEPEHRG , 2014)
There is a common misconception that lubricants are used exclusively by gay men, yet in fact, lubricants are also used by heterosexual couples as well..
Most sexual activities carry a risk of transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) from gonorrhea, herpes, hepatitis B, HIV and so on. However there is evidence that anal intercourse carries a higher transmission risk than almost any other sexual activity. When a condom is worn in before penetration, which is advisable to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infection, it is important to use it together with compatible, water-based lubricant to ease insertion and to reduce friction which can break the condom and lead to infections.
In heterosexuals, lube helps improve sex by complementing natural lubricants that may be absent because of inadequate arousal/length of foreplay, hormonal changes in the woman, or as a side effect of medication. Normal vaginal lubrication can be reduced at any age as a result of pregnancy, menopause, stress, and use of contraceptive pills or as the result of some cancer treatments. When this happens, it is as embarrassing for a woman as erectile dysfunction is for a man.
Lubricants are an essential part of better sex for both men and women. Not only will the physical act proceed without interruptions (condom breaking or slipping off), and fear of infections as a result, but also ensure enhanced arousal and give better orgasms.
Over the years, CEPEHRG through its HIV prevention activities has observed that much attention is given to Abstinence, Being faithful and Condom use (ABC) as preventive barriers for HIV and sexually transmitted infections. However with the knowledge that peno-anal sex is a practice common to both MSM’s and heterosexuals, we recognize imperative need to highlight in our outreach activities the dangers associated with anal sex and the need for proper lubrication to prevent or reduce these dangers.
CEPEHRG, with support from Global Lube Access Mobilisation, is implementing a condom-compatible lubricant advocacy project in Ghana to reach all sexually active persons, with special attention to the LGBT community.