If you’re going to chill outs and sex parties and taking chems, you could be putting yourself and/or your partners at risk of HIV and STIs if you’re not having safer sex. The more people you fuck, the greater the risk of being exposed to them.

Drugs like G, mephedrone and crystal meth also lower your inhibitions, so it can be easy to get caught up in the moment.

Here’s everything you need to know about HIV and STIs – the more you know about them, the easier it is to protect yourself.

HIV

HEP C

SYPHILIS

SHIGELLA

CHLAMYDIA

GONORRHOEA

HERPES

    


HIV

HIV a virus that attacks and weakens the immune system.

How it’s transmitted: Through unprotected sex with an HIV-positive man who has a viral load high enough to transmit the virus. The sex must involve body fluids (blood, cum or anal mucus) that contain sufficient quantities of HIV. It’s also possible to transmit HIV by sharing needles.

Symptoms: Most people experience some symptoms shortly after infection with HIV. This can include a sore throat, fever, body aches and a rash. Other symptoms include mouth ulcers, joint pain, loss of appetite, weight loss, muscle pain and feeling overly tired or sick. It’s also possible that you could have with no symptoms at all.

How it’s treated: If you are diagnosed with HIV, your doctor will explain the next steps. While there is no cure for HIV, it is a manageable condition and so long as you are diagnosed in time and take HIV medication you should expect to live a normal life-span. Find out more about HIV treatment.

How it's prevented: Wearing a condom when you're fucking or making sure your partner is wearing a condom while you're getting fucked is the easiest way to protect yourself against HIV.

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Hep C

Hepatitis is a viral infection that causes inflammation of the liver.

How it’s transmitted:
 As the hepatitis C virus is present in blood - including dried blood - and cum, it can be passed through fucking without condoms, sharing needles, fisting, sharing sex toys and sharing equipment to snort drugs.

Symptoms: Symptoms include headache, fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, lethargy, and muscle and joint pains. Later your eyeballs and skin may become jaundiced (go yellow). Your urine can turn dark brown and your faeces can turn pale. Your liver (just below your ribs on the right side of your body) may become tender. Sometimes you can get no symptoms in the early stages.

How it’s treated: The choice of treatment depends on the strain of hep C and should be discussed with your doctor.

How it's prevented: Use a new condom when fucking, don't share needles when slamming, use a latex glove when fisting, use condoms on your sex toys, and use your own snorting equipment.

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Syphilis

Syphilis is a bacterial infection.

How it’s transmitted: It's passed on through fucking without a condom and cocksucking, but can also be caught through rimming, fisting and even through skin-to-skin contact (although this is rare).

Symptoms: Stage 1 presents as a small painless sore or hardened lump near the point where the bacteria entered your body. This could be your arse, cock or mouth. Stage 2 often presents with a rash on the body and a flu-like illness involving fever, headache and sore throat. Stage 3 is generally symptomless but stage 4 can cause blindness, deafness, brain damage, heart attacks, paralysis, lung problems and strokes.

How it’s treated: If caught early, it's curable with antibiotics. However left too long, while still curable, it can cause long lasting damage to the body.

How it's prevented: Use condoms when fucking or being fucked. Blow jobs also carry a risk even if he doesn't cum in your mouth.

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Shigella

Shigella is a bacterial infection.

How it’s transmitted: The bacteria is found in faeces, so it's especially easy to get from rimming, but also from fisting, fingering or sharing of sex toys and douches.

Symptoms: You can experience diarrhoea combined with fever, abdominal cramps and/or rectal pain. It sometimes includes severe and bloody diarrhoea.

How it’s treated: Most of the time you will recover with no complications within a week or 10 days but in some cases, especially if you have severe and/or bloody diarrhoea, you may need to take antibiotics.

How it's prevented: Wash your hands after you've been to the toilet and after sex, and use condoms and latex gloves if fisting. If you're having bareback sex, avoid sucking cock after fucking if it has been in you or someone else. 

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Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection.

How it’s transmitted: It can be passed on through fucking or getting fucked without a condom, but it can also be passed by sucking cock or rimming.

Symptoms: It can cause a yellowy white discharge from your cock or, more rarely, from your arse or throat. You may also have pain when pissing and an urge to piss more frequently than usual. However many infected guys don't show any symptoms at all, but are still infectious, so they can pass it on to other sexual partners without knowing it.

How it’s treated: It's usually treatable with antibiotics.

How it's prevented: Use condoms when fucking. Sucking cock still carries a risk, even if he doesn't cum in your mouth.

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Gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea is a bacterial infection of the urethra (the tube you piss out of), arse, throat or eyes.

How it’s transmitted: It can be passed on by rimming, sucking cock, fucking or getting fucked without a condom. 

Symptoms: It can include a white or greenish pus discharge from your cock and a burning sensation when you piss or cum. Infection in your arse may be noticeable by a yellowish discharge, fresh blood in your faeces, mild diarrhoea, or itching and pain when going to the toilet. Infection via your mouth can result in a sore throat.

How it’s treated: It's usually treatable with antibiotics.

How it's prevented: Use condoms when fucking. Sucking cock still carries a risk, even if he doesn't cum in your mouth.

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Herpes 

Herpes is a virus that is spread by skin to skin contact.

How it’s transmitted: There are two forms of herpes: HSV-1, which causes cold sores around the mouth, and HSV-2, or genital herpes, which leads to sores around the cock and arse. You can get herpes by kissing, sucking cock, rimming, fucking without condoms, sharing sex toys and even frottage.

Symptoms: It appears as small blisters that tingle, itch, or sting and are very painful when they burst. These are filled with a clear liquid, which later turns into a yellowish scab. Genital herpes inside your urethra can be painful when you urinate or cum, while in your arse it results in a burning sensation, especially when going to the toilet.

How it’s treated: There is no cure for either form of herpes although antiviral treatments in the form of creams or tablets can ease the pain and shorten the duration of the attack.

How it's prevented: Condoms are recommended to limit transmission of genital herpes but are by no means completely effective. At the first sign of either form of herpes it is very important to avoid all sexual activities which involve the infected area coming into contact with your partner's body.

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