Staying Safer While Seeking A Sex Worker

Since sex work and brothels were officially legalized in Nevada in 2008, eight rural counties in Nevada have become home to brothels.

As someone who is always concerned with both having fun and successfully navigating the risks that are involved, I began to wonder what can be done to stay safer when seeking out one of these legal sex workers– including staying out of the hospital and the court system?

Where is Sex Work Legal?

Counties in Nevada. Red indicates counties operating brothels. Blue indicates legal sex work counties. Yellow counties  do not permit sex work or brothels.

Counties in Nevada. Red indicates counties operating brothels. Blue indicates legal sex work counties. Yellow counties do not permit sex work or brothels.

Legalized sex work brings in tourists and is generally considered to be good for local business and the local economy, and is the reason many people travel to these locations. The most famous and widely publicized brothel in America is currently the Moonlite BunnyRanch in Mound House, Nevada. It has even been the subject of a featured HBO television series called Cathouse, which is highly entertaining, by the way.

And, of course, sex work in Brazil, the Netherlands, Germany and in some other countries is perfectly legal. For those who are traveling internationally, read this article to find out why you should bring your own condoms when leaving the country. But, no matter where you go, be sure to check local laws before employing the services as a sex worker. In Japan, for instance, it is legal to hire a sex worker for oral or anal sex, but not for vaginal sex.

Who Buys Sex Work Services?

The latest data from 2011 indicates 14% of American men admit to having hired a sex worker at least once in their lifetime. Single men over the age of thirty have the highest numbers from this study, at 30%. However, in 1948, the reputable Kinsey Institute found that a whopping 69% (what an appropriate number) of American men had visited sex workers. These men are usually called Johns.

Hiring sex workers can become an addiction, just like anything else that makes people feel good. There are John Schools in America which provide anonymous forums for people who want to stop, but cannot on their own. If you or your partner is in this predicament, here is the link to find out more about these programs.

Is It Safe to Hire a Sex Worker?

You may assume that sex workers get tested constantly for STDs and other contagious infections and parasites. Even is this was the case 100% of the time, sadly a lot of STDs have a latency period, which means they won’t show up on a traditional full panel screening right away. In fact, in some cases, it can take up to six months for a virus or disease to show up.

There is also a common assumption that female sex workers or clients of sex workers are on some form of contraception. This is a very risky gamble. Birth control pills are rendered ineffective by antibiotics, and must be taken 24 hours apart for them to work as advertised. This is a whole lot of trust to put into someone, even in a long term monogamous relationship.

The fact is, sex workers should be treated with the same cautious attitude as you would have when having any kind of dating app driven one night stand or hook-up with a stranger. You don’t know their medical history, and they may not know it either. For this reason, taking precautionary measures and getting a full panel test afterwards is advised. If you are under 27 and plan on visiting a sex worker, I suggest getting the Gardasil shot in order to be protected against the cancer-causing strains of HPV.

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So why take a risk with your future or your health and safety? Latex condoms, like LifeStyles THYN, and certain non-latex condoms, like SKYNs, are the best way to protect yourself and your sex workers from possible dangers during penetrative intercourse like STDs and unplanned pregnancy. If you plan on performing any cunnilingus or anilingus, be sure to turn a condom into a dental dam as a barrier method against STDs or to simply bring along some flavored Lixx Dental Dams (vanilla is my personal favorite). Don’t make the mistake of assuming they will have safer sex products. Bringing your own is a great way to avoid stealthing, anyhow.

Any exchange of blood, semen or vaginal fluids can pose a risk, so be sure to be aware of any open wounds, sores or cuts and scrapes both on you and on them. If you are very concerned about the risks of touching, it is common to hire a worker in order to watch them masturbate or participate in unconventional sex acts like foot tickling, spanking or clothed face smothering. These are great alternatives when it comes to safety. Communicate any concerns with the Madame, brothel owner and the sex worker before engaging in any activities. This will ensure that you are all on the same page when it comes to personal safety.

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