I'm sure every girl has tapped her gay bestie for a few tips on anal intercourse, but fewer took the safer sex route. A new study out of the New York City Health Department shows that fewer women consistently use condoms during anal sex than men who sleep with men. 23 and 61 percent, in fact.
And since most HIV transmissions among straight women come from heterosexual intercourse and anal carries far more risk (30 times more, actually) of HIV transmission than vaginal sex, condomless anal is sounding alarms.
So, why are women bottoming without protection?
Salon writer Tracy Clark-Flory writes: "It's easy to understand how some women might rationalize condomless anal sex, much like virginity pledges who, conveniently enough, don't count oral or anal sex as sex. If it doesn't 'count' as sex sex, and there is no risk of pregnancy, why use protection? But, boy, does it ever count."
And does it count, especially with anal's increasing popularity. A 2005 survey showed that 32.6 percent of women ages 18 to 44 engage in heterosexual anal play, up from around 20 percent the previous year.