Sex. We love to do it, there is no question, but do we know how to practice it safely? And how about the perfect gentleman sex? Well, the answer might be no.
Why? Mostly because Sex-Ed is still quite taboo even today. Just think what’s the place from which you educated yourself about sex. Trial and fail combined with long nights watching porn…
Well, we can’t teach you how to rock the word from the first time ever. In fact, everyone should go through the humiliation of the first time. That’s just fair…
However, we will not talk about the diseases that you might get from a dumb decision at the bar. Those are for you to read about and think of the consequences.
What we will take a look is a deadly disease that now isn’t limited to a particular group of people. In fact, eventually everyone can be a threat. That’s why Gentleman Zone brings you the dangers and how you can protect yourself.
What we are talking about is HIV. The sexually transmitted diseases that were once dangerous to only heterosexual people, seems to gather new power and affecting straight couples too.
There are even rumors that a woman passed HIV to her boyfriend, who later passed it to his new girlfriend. The three of them never used drugs.
As much as we don’t like to think about it, the threat is real and know what and how to use. Unprotected sex doesn’t mean that you will get any sexually transmitted disease. In fact, if you’ve been together for a long time and you trust each other 100% then definitely go with it!
But, it’s very important to know how to protect yourself.
Practicing safe sex isn’t all that hard. The reason why you might get them is that you don’t have common sense, something most people don’t have believe it or not.
It’s entirely your fault if you catch an STD. Who stopped you from using condoms? Exactly.
Safe Sex Between Homosexual Couples
Provided the partner carrying the virus takes preventive medication, the transmission of HIV during sex is highly unlikely among straight couples. However, the same cannot be said for gay couples. When a gay couple indulges in sexual activity without condoms, the chances of the partner carrying HIV transmitting the disease to the uninfected partner increase. The good news is that there are ways to make condomless sex between men safe. So, what are the ways that make condomless sex between men safe? Let’s find out.
Why should you worry about STDs?
Before we look at how to ensure safe condomless sex between men, it’s important to understand when sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as HIV should be a concern for you.
The first thing to keep mind is that you can get STDs only if your partner has them. If your partner isn’t carrying the disease then you can use condoms at your own discretion because If your partner isn’t infected, then you are not at a risk of getting HIV. On the other hand, if your partner has HIV then the diseases can enter your body through several bodily fluids.
If the aforementioned- fluids enter your mucous membrane cavity or bloodstream, then you’re likely to get the infection. On the other hand, if bodily fluids do not enter your body then STDs cannot infect you. By acting as a barrier to all STDs, condoms protect you from getting infected. But, there are some men who prefer sex without condoms. Luckily for such men, there are ways that allow gay couples to indulge in safe sex without using condoms.
How does Viral Load come into the Picture?
HIV with a detectable viral load is bound to be infectious. In case you didn’t know it already, viral load is the level of HIV in your blood. A treatment that keeps the viral load of an infected person under control is Antiretroviral therapy (ART). By lowering viral load to undetectable levels, the Antiretroviral therapy medication lowers the chances of an infected person transmitting HIV to his partner during sex. In addition to the Antiretroviral therapy (ART), there are some of other ways to prevent HIV from being passed on during sex. This includes Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP).
A course of HIV drugs, Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is taken by an HIV negative person to lower the chances of getting HIV infected. A month-long course of HIV medication, Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is taken by an HIV negative person to lower the chances of getting infected after potential exposure to HIV through sexual intercourse. If used appropriately, PEP can prevent HIV infection after sex without a condom. However, prevention is not always guaranteed.
While unprotected sex doesn’t always lead to sexually transmitted diseases, it does increase the risk for them. For this reason, the use of condoms during sex is recommended. The good news for gay couples who prefer sex without condoms is that they can use the aforementioned-ways to ensure safer sex without condoms.