The 15 Association Fetish & BDSM Club
- A social and sexual fraternity for men who engage in BDSM.
- The longest-standing gay male BDSM Association in the western USA.
- Active in the San Francisco BDSM community with play parties, an annual run (Boot Camp), social events and charitable fund raising.
- Premier BDSM Players who mentor by example.
- Safe, Sane and Consensual.
- A volunteer Association with over 190 members, coordinated by a Fraternal Committee.
- Open to members and invited guests with a government-issued ID verifying you are 18 years of age or older.
This information was partly taken from”SM Sex Safely” produced by the Stop AIDS Project with the help of Trevor Jacques, Peter Fiske, Philip Turner, Karen Kircher, Jed Herman and others. Please feel free to email us any suggestions to make it better.
S/M Risk Reduction…
…is every player’s responsibility. Most S/M activities are low-risk for passing HIV and other STDs, but there are other safety concerns involved. Responsible S/M has always meant practicing safety. Learning from an experienced player is a traditional way you can learn new techniques or types of play.
The 15 Association and the other groups listed on our LINKS pages are a good place to connect with people while enjoying educational and social opportunities.
Oh boy! Toys…
Cleaning Sex Toys…
…is easy, if you always use a condom with insertion toys, just remove it and most of the mess goes with it. Later, wash the toy in hot, soapy water (use antibacterial soap), wipe it with an alcohol wipe, or soak it in water mixed with bleach (nine parts water to one part bleach) for at least 20 minutes. Remember to wear exam gloves while washing! Rinse well under running water and let air dry.
Other toys have different needs. Porous things like leather floggers and wooden paddles that have drawn blood should be wiped but not soaked with antibacterial soap and hot water or with a desinfectant toy cleaner available at toy shops. Scrub (a hard toothbrush is good) to make sure the cleaner gets into nooks and crannies, let it sit for a few minutes, rinse and let dry overnight. Leather should be treated with a conditioner after drying; canes will periodically need to be re-varnished. Rubber and latex toys should be washed with hot, soapy water, wiped with alcohol pads, rinsed under running water and allow to air dry. It’s always a good idea when purchasing a toy to ask the maker or seller the best way to clean and care for it.
Metal toys are the easiest to clean. Neuro wheels, clothespins and other metal non-insertable toys can be sterilized by soaking in the bleach and water solution described above and rinsed thoroughly under running water.
Metal toys that are going to be inserted into the body, such us sounds or piercing jewelry, must be autoclaved. You can get this done at a piercing shop for a small fee.
Clips and Clamps…
…include piercing and cutting. Permanent piercing is best done by a professional piercer in shop with the right equipment and conditions. Some shops have piercing seminars that can teach you the basics you need if you want to do a piercing in a scene. Better yet have a professional piercer do it or at least present. For play piercing, use new, sterile, disposable needles, or “points.” Use them only once, and do not recap after taking them out; that’s when you are most likely to get stuck. Put them in a sharps container when you remove them. These containers are made to safely hold used needles, scalpels, etc.
Cutting the skin can be done with a knife or a disposable scalpel. The blade of the knife must be cleaned before and after, by soaking on alcohol, or bleach and water for at least 20 minutes and rinsed under running water. Disposable scalpels can be bought at most medical supply stores, are sterile, cheap, and made for cutting skin. Again do not reuse or recap, just put the whole thing in a sharps container.
Shaving should be done using a new, disposable razor, get one with disposable blades. If you know how to use a straight razor, clean it before and after using as you would a knife. Before piercing, cutting or shaving, the skin should be wiped with alcohol on a cotton ball or prep pad or with a betadine swab, available at drug stores. Allow the skin to air dry. Wear at least two pairs of gloves, because alcohol and other cleaners eat through latex and you will likely have holes in the outer one after cleaning the skin. Just peel it off and you can continue.
Afterwards, blot up any blood with sterile cotton balls or gauze pads. Gather them in the palm of you hand and pull the glove off inside out, enclosing the soiled items inside. Tie the glove and put it in your sharps container.