This article was published on January 27th, 2018
Thanks to modern medicine and technology, men no longer have to worry about the disadvantages that plagued the previous generations of men having sex with men. There are ample tools out there to keep gay men safe, negative, and free of sexually transmitted illnesses. Whether or not you know of all the resources out there, here is the list for you to follow of your own safer sex toolkit.
Condoms. The old method of protection proves in recent studies that condoms are only 70% effective. While condoms don’t often help crush the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV, especially when few people use a condom during oral, condoms can help in reducing the risk of some STIs. Everyone should have a surplus of condoms at home as an ingredient in your safer sex toolkit.
PrEP or TasP. Pre-exposure Prophylactics (PrEP) and Treatment as Prevention (TasP) are tools and medicines that have changed the game in the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS. PrEP and TasP have proven to be 99% effective in preventing the spread of HIV and these findings have recently been endorsed by the American Center for Disease Control classifying PrEP and TasP as a leading agent in the fight HIV. While PrEP isn’t for everyone, it is a core component for today’s safer sex toolkit.
Getting tested. Quarterly doctor checkups are required of patients who are on PrEP and TasP, and it is highly recommended that you get fully tested for STIs at least every 6 months. Studies have shown that men living with HIV will actually outlive their negative counterparts simply because they visit the doctor more frequently to know exactly the state of their body. Knowing whether or not you have an STI early can help in the treatment of said illness before it causes long-term negative effects. Get tested.
Knowledge, information, and communication. Knowing how illnesses/diseases are spread can help you prevent against catching them. Communication and talking with your partners about their sexual health and activities is a great way to help stop the spread of sexually transmitted illnesses. Knowledge is power. Knowing how one contracts certain STIs, the symptoms of them, and how to prevent them can better arm you against contracting STIs. Education is the best possible safer sex tool you can have in your safer sex toolkit against contracting an STI.
Now go out, have fun, and play with the other boys. Just don’t forget your safer sex toolkit.