Curious to hear everyone's thoughts and practices regarding how they protect themselves when punting.
I've had at least two occasions in my punting career where the condom has split, so that in effect, although briefly and without either of our knowledge or intent, I've effectively been bareback with a WG. Both times I've been to the GUM clinic straight afterwards, avoided any sexual contact in the interim, and followed this up with another GUM visit in 3 months, and thankfully been found clear every time.
The experience has however, scared the shit out of me. Once can be a fluke, twice and it's a trend. It's difficult to find any statistics on transmission rates for STIs under various circumstances, so it's hard to evaluate the real risk here.
The majority of us would agree, even in the absence of any solid figures, that bareback is extremely risky, based on common sense alone. I've been thinking lately though, that if a condom breaks during sex with a WG, in effect what happens is you have basically gone bareback, albeit briefly (unless you were able to pull out right before the condom broke via some sort of psychic intuition, there would have to have been some contact between genitals). What does the chance of a condom breaking, plus the chance of catching something from that exposure, translate into regarding your risks of an STI from protected sex with a WG? I.e. how risky is protected sex with a WG, given that a condom can break?
I'd imagine it's nowhere near as high as straight bareback sex for obvious reasons, but what is the risk? Is it negligible? Enough to warrant avoiding even protected sex on punts? I'm interested to see what other members feel about this, and to what extent they consider this a risk.
I'd like to just clarify for anyone not clear, in no way am I advocating bareback, or saying it's on a par in terms of risk with protected sex. What I'm saying is that since bareback is extremely risky, and protected sex has a risk of an element of bareback (due to potential condom breakages), how risky is protected sex?
Furthermore, how does OWO fit into this? The general consensus seems to be that bareback is horrendously risky, but people seem mostly happy to do OWO. Again, it's very difficult to find any set figures, so in the absence of that I'm curious to hear people's thoughts and precautions regarding their risks with OWO.
How many of you have had a condom break with a WG? How many of you give or receive OWO? How do you consider the various risks involved in punting and what precautions do you take? Do you have any figures to back these up or what do you base it on?