Condoms and Lube for Sex Workers

To avoid the spread of STIs and other diseases we require our workers to use a condom while providing anal, oral or vaginal sex. If a client refuses to wear a condom, you must insist and contact the manager to reaffirm house rules. Condoms made from latex or polyurethane are sufficient for vaginal, oral and anal sex. You must check that they have not reached their expiry date and a variety of sizes are available to you at all times during your shift.


Storing condoms, dental dams and lube in a dry cool place, no hotter than 22 degrees celsius will stop them from deteriorating. Wash your hands after disposing of them to avoid contamination of bacteria and STIs.

Condom slippage

Most workers are experts in avoiding accidents but they do happen and condom slippage or tearing may occur during a job. Make sure the condom is rolled right down to the base of the penis. During withdrawal, either you or the client should hold on to the base of the condom. If the condom slips or tears during intercourse don’t internally rinse yourself as this is likely to increase your exposure you to an STI by pushing the sperm deeper. If this happens, rinse the outside of your body with water and then make an appointment with your GP for follow up options.

Condom breakage

Condoms that meet the Australian Standards (indicated on the packet) are the only ones to use. If the condoms are of poor quality it is likely they will break. If the condom has not been stored properly it may weaken the latex or polyurethane. Be careful not to tear or pierce the condom with your fingernails or jewellery. After menstruation, you may be drier than usual, which could cause the condom to tear. Using an extra amount of water-based lube will help with dryness and comfort. It takes experience to be able to tell when a condom breaks during intercourse, but in the meantime, you can ask an experienced worker what to look out for.


Oil-based lubricant can break down a condom so it is best to use a water-based product. Reapply the lubricant after 10 minutes to stop friction that may tear the condom. When you do this you can check the condom is intact. It would be wise to replace the condom after this amount of time to be on the safe side.