SLEAZE WITHOUT CONSEQUENCES
How do you minimise the risk of contracting HIV and hepatitis C when you have sex on Tina or other chems, and how do you avoid injuring your cock and asshole?
Research suggests that barebacking is common among guys who use Tina or slam, and that it’s often a deliberate choice. Those that do this know it increases the risk of contracting serious STIs like HIV, syphilis, LGV and hepatitis C, but consider potential infection an unavoidable consequence of having sex without condoms. Which is why they tend to take STI tests on a regular basis. You might recognise yourself in this description.
Or perhaps you don’t bareback deliberately, but find condoms a hassle when you’re on chems.
Either way, we’re not here to lecture you about using condoms, no matter how effective they are against HIV and other STIs. But if you bareback, there are measures you can take to minimise the risk of contracting HIV. More so now with the availability of PrEP. And if you can’t afford PrEP, you can minimise the risk in other ways (risk reduction strategies). You can have yourself vaccinated against hepatitis A and B. You can’t do this for hepatitis C, but there are other things you can do to minimise the risk of contracting it. Even if you bareback.
The following information isn’t merely about STIs, but also about how to avoid injury to your cock and asshole when you’re on chems. Furthermore, it fills you in on what to do to avoid sex-related mishaps that can land you in the emergency room.
Avoid the potential consequences of sleazy sex. Here are the most important recommendations.
– 1. Take quarterly STI tests
– 2. Exchange information about your HIV status and STI testing habits
– 3. Warn your sexual partners about your STIs
– 4. Have yourself vaccinated against hepatitis A and B
– 5. Minimise the risk of hepatitis C
– 6. Avoid (permanent) injury to your cock and asshole
– 1. Take PrEP
– 2. Adopt risk reduction strategies
– 1. Adhere to your antiretroviral therapy
– 2. Be sure your medication isn’t amplifying the effect of your chems
For everyone 1. Take quarterly STI tests
Make a habit of taking STI tests every three months. And if you have STI-related symptoms or have received an STI notification, take additional tests between your regular quarterly appointments. The sooner you identify and treat an STI, the better.
Sex on Tina increases the risk of contracting HIV, hepatitis C and other STIs. There are several reasons why it does.
Which tests should you take?
Don’t stop at an HIV test. Have yourself tested for all STIs. In addition, take a hepatitis C test every three months. Do this even if you’re HIV-negative.
Where to get tested?
There are several ways to arrange your quarterly STI tests. For hepatitis C, you can obtain reliable self-testing kits (for home use) by signing up at NomoreC.nl.
It’s important to remember that there are different types of tests for HIV and hepatitis C. Some tests are better than others at detecting recent infection.
Want to know more about the symptoms and treatment of HIV and other STIs? Click on this link.
For everyone 2. Exchange information about your HIV status and testing habits
Assume nothing! Always ask your sexual partner what his HIV status is, and when he last tested for HIV (and other STIs). Be equally open and honest about your status and tests.
If a partner has HIV, ask for his viral load. If it’s undetectable, then there is no risk of him infecting you.
If his viral load is detectable, then you know that you must protect yourself against HIV (PrEP /condoms).
For everyone 3. Notify your sexual partners if you contract an STI
By notifying each other, you’ll avoid reinfecting each other. You and your sexual partners can even be treated simultaneously (for certain STIs), if you send them a “notification code”. You can obtain notification codes from whoever gave you your test results. How far back you have to go with respect to notifying partners varies. Sometimes it’s three months, sometimes six; ask the STI nurse. If it’s hepatitis C, go back months. Public health service facilities (GGDs) can also help with anonymous notifications. They will also help you if you suspect you contracted the STI at a sex party, have hardly any contact details of the guys you met at this party, but do have those of the person who invited you.
For everyone 4. Have yourself vaccinated against hepatitis A and B
Both viruses are easily transmitted through sex. They are serious diseases. Vaccination against hepatitis B is free; against hepatitis A costs about 60 euro.
Meer lezen over hiv en soa’s? En over symptomen en behandeling ervan? Bekijk deze link.
For everyone 5. Minimise the risk of contracting hepatitis C
Even if you bareback, you can still minimise the risk of contracting hepatitis C. In addition to measures you take to do so, have yourself tested for the virus every three months.
Ideally, keep sex within a closed circle of guys you’re well acquainted with, guys you can trust to have themselves tested regularly, and that are likely to tell you if they contract hepatitis C. It’s easier to discuss minimizing transmission risks with familiar faces. The larger the group, the more difficult it is to monitor everything.
Having safe sex on Tina isn’t always easy. Taking measures to ensure you don’t contract hepatitis C can be difficult when you’re going with the drug-induced flow. Difficult, but not impossible. It helps to be vigilant at critical moments, such as when a sexual partner grabs a sex toy, or when switching partners. It’s important to think about such moments while you are still sober, i.e. before you start using Tina or other chems, think about what to be on the lookout for and what to do when. See also “What measures can you take to avoid hepatitis C before taking chems?“.
How is hepatitis C transmitted?
Hepatitis C is transmitted during sex through blood, sperm, rectal fluid and poo particles containing the virus.
Blood particles are not always visible.
What can you do to avoid hepatitis C?
There is a lot you can do to minimise the risk of transmitting hepatitis C. This holds true even if you don’t use condoms.
What measures can you take to avoid hepatitis C before taking chems?
Let’s consider two scenarios:
– Sex is happening at your place
– Sex is happening at someone else’s place
For everyone 6. Avoid (permanent) injury to your cock and asshole
Uninhibited sex is great, but it can be a bit of a downer if it results in you or your sexual partner having to visit the emergency room. Below are tips and tricks to help you avoid permanent injury to your cock and asshole.
Injury to the cock and asshole
You’re less sensitive to pain when you’re on Tina or other chems, and easily overstep your boundaries. It’s sometimes only afterwards that you realise how far you went: bruises on your cock, nipples shredded, severely raw asshole. These will heal, but the risk of such injury is greater the longer the sessions. Here’s how to reduce the likelihood of injury.
HIV-negative 1. Take PrEP
If you take Tina or slam chems and prefer barebacking, we recommend you take PrEP. You increase the risk of HIV transmission when you’re on chems. Don’t forget to take a PrEP pill every 24 hours.
HIV-negative 2. Adopt risk reduction strategies
Do you bareback and don’t take PrEP, but would like to minimise the risk of contracting HIV? You can do so with risk reduction strategies. They are not completely fail-safe protection against HIV, but we recommend them highly with respect to your lifestyle. These strategies provide additional protection even if you take PrEP.
Adopt the strategies that suit you.
Our aim here is to provide honest information, thus we list the pros and cons, relative to wearing condoms or taking PrEP.
HIV-positive 1. Adhere strictly to your treatment regimen
Your viral load will only remain undetectable if you maintain your daily regimen of HIV medication. Keep a few days’ supply in your everyday backpack or in a pillbox attached to your key fob.
HIV-positive 2. Make sure your medication isn’t amplifying the effect of your chems
Chems do not appear to adversely affect the performance of HIV medication. But chems can make you forget to take your medication.
Some HIV inhibitors amplify the effects of ecstasy, MDMA, GHB, GBL, ketamine, speed, meow meow, Tina and tranquilizers. You’re more likely to overdose when this happens.