Anal douching increases STI risk: review

It can damage the rectal mucosa, facilitating pathogen entry
STI concept

Gay and bisexual men who practise rectal douching have an increased risk of infection with HIV and other STIs compared with those who don’t, a systematic review shows.

The findings suggest that future health education efforts should focus on informing men who have sex with men (MSM) of the risks associated with douching before or after anal sex, the researchers say.