Clothing Optional: Nude Recreation and STDs
What comes to mind when you hear “nude recreation”? If you’re like the rest of us… most likely a lot of inappropriate things come to mind.
Well, for nudists, “nude recreation” means something completely different. Nude recreation is simply doing recreational activities in the nude… kayaking, mowing the lawn, you name it! (We don’t judge). Sounds pretty free-ing, right? There’s even a “National Nude Recreation Week” that’s dedicated to that kind of clothing-optional fun. National Nude Recreation Week was started by The Naturist Society over forty years ago and was recognized as a day to celebrate our bodies (ALL body types), and has evolved into a week’s worth of naked fun.
For those of you concerned with the hygiene associated with being naked, especially around others, we’re here to answer some of your questions about nude recreation and STDs.
Can I get an STD from Nude Recreation?
Lets start with the basics. Most STDs are spread by direct contact with the infected area or contact with a person’s genitals, rectum, mouth, or eyes. There are different types of STDs -bacterial STDs and viral STDs.
Bacterial STDs (chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis) are all passed from person to person through sexual intercourse- be it vaginal, anal, or oral. Remember: oral sex is not “safe sex” and yes, you can be at risk for an STD even if you don’t go “all the way”.
Viral STDs (HPV, HIV, Hepatitis B, and herpes) are passed through blood, childbirth, intercourse, and sharing objects (yes, STDs can live on vibrators). Usually, the infection can only be spread by coming into direct contact with a sore or the bodily fluids of an infected person.
However, if you’ve enjoyed some clothing-optional recreation during Nude Recreation Week, you might come into contact with more bodily fluids than your regular clothed routine. Keep in mind, bodily fluids are not just urine and feces, this also applies to semen, vaginal secretions, and saliva. So, while we’re all about lots of types of nude recreation, STDs should be on our radar and safety should always come first.
At any nude parties – whether it’s with you and a single partner, or you and multiple partners, you should always practice safe sex because not all STDs are curable and some have morphed into superbug status. With about 20 million new STD cases every year in the U.S., safety is paramount when going clothing-optional.
As always, be safe – and party on!
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