HIV prevention depends on the ability to discuss and negotiate, and even demand safe sex. However, many conversations about HIV prevention and safe sex condom negotiation lack an analysis of power in relationships, intimate partner violence, LGBTQ sexuality and cultural barriers to negotiating sexual encounters. Furthermore, many of the most common barrier methods (or safe sex methods i.e. condoms) are controlled by only one partner during intercourse—the insertive partner. This leaves survivors at increased risk for infection, with little room to negotiate and assumes cooperation from partners. This is especially true for survivors experiencing intimate partner violence, who may be unable to demand healthy, safe, consensual sexual encounters. The articles below are designed to give a framework for negotiating safe sex, and taking care of one’s self. Additionally, there is information provided about the female condom, which is the only receptive partner-controlled barrier method. While it was initially marketed to female-identified individuals, the female condom has benefits for people of all genders. Many AIDS service organizations and local health centers distribute free female condoms. See the NNEDV risk reduction toolkit below for more information on the importance of domestic violence advocacy organizations having a supply of female condoms to give out to survivors who want to utilize harm reduction techniques in their relationships.
How to Use a Female Condom from FC2 (makers of the Female Condom) includes instructions on how to use the FC2, the history of its creation and use, where to find the FC2 and tips on how to increase pleasure while using the FC2