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I was just told that the man I’m interested in likes anal sex. Is this common behavior for heterosexual males? I can’t seem to find any information on knowing more about anal sex beside that it is a common sexual activity. Please fill me in.

Anal sex is normal for some couples — straight or gay — and not for others. Whether you have anal sex depends on what makes you and your partner comfortable.

Most people mean anal intercourse when they think of anal sex. It happens when a man puts his penis into another person’s anus. Some men and women enjoy anal sex, and others do not. About four out of 10 people have tried anal intercourse. Other kinds of anal sex include touching the anus with hands, fingers, or the mouth.

Like unprotected vaginal sex, unprotected anal sex is high-risk for many sexually transmitted infections, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, hepatitis, intestinal parasites, HIV, HPV, and syphilis. Use latex or female condoms during anal intercourse to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections. Use Sheer Glyde dams or other plastic barriers to reduce the risk of infection when having other kinds of anal sex.

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