Lubricants reduce irritation, and irritated skin can create an entry or exit point for HIV and other STBBIs.
Lube provides much better protection than saliva or sperm because these two bodily fluids can transmit certain infections such as gonorrhea.
Lubes are either water-, silicon- or oil-based. It’s important to use a lube that’s compatible with the type of condom or glove you are using.
Water- or silicone-based lubes should be used with latex condoms and gloves. When purchasing lubricant, make sure the label says “compatible with latex condoms.”
Oil-based lubes (Vaseline, massage oil, Crisco, Elbow Grease, etc.) are not compatible with latex condoms. They won’t necessarily cause the condom to split open, but they can cause the latex to deteriorate and create tiny, invisible holes that will let viruses and bacteria pass through. If you’re using oil-based lubricants for fisting or anal sex, be sure to use polyurethane gloves or condoms. These are available in specialty stores and pharmacies and are compatible with oil-based lubricant.
Used on its own, lubricant is not a recommended method for prevention infection with HIV and other STBBIs. There is no scientific evidence to support the idea that lubricants either increase or decrease the likelihood of contracting an STBBI. Nonetheless, lubricants help to reduce the risk of skin irritation and micro-abrasions, so make sure to use plenty of lube!
You can buy condoms, lube, and gloves in pharmacies and sex shops across Quebec.
In Montreal, there are three specialized boutiques in the Village:
- Priape, 1311 Ste-Catherine East (Beaudry metro)
- Wega, 930 Ste-Catherine East (Berri metro)
- Fétiche Armada, 1201 Ste-Catherine East (Beaudry metro)
Kontak also offers safer sex supplies adapted to the way you like to play, and you can place an order from anywhere in Montréal.
For specialized medical supplies:
- Dufort & Lavigne ltée, 1227 Rachel East