Q: What is a dental dam and why should I use one? --anonymous
A: A dental dam is a square sheet of latex (the same material condoms are made of) that have a variety of uses. In terms of sex, dental dams are used to protect individuals from stI's (Std's) who are participating in oral sex. Many people believe that STI's can't be transferred during oral sex, however this is not the case. Skin to skin contact or the exchange of bodily fluids (saliva, vaginal fluids, etc.) can transfer STI's. To use a dental dam properly during oral sex, place the dam across the vagina or anus and continue like it's not there! They're pretty easy to use. Also, if you don't have one, a dental dam can easily be fashioned from a condom. Just cut the tip (reservoir) of the condom and the ring at the base of the condom off, and cut a vertical line up the condom so it unfolds into a rectangular piece of latex. Wooster VOX/Generation Wooster currently has several flavors of lubricated dental dams, and a few latex free dental dams for those who have latex allergies. Dental Dams are also available in the Longbrake Student Wellness Center.