Unfortunately, gay men seem to be at a higher risk for sexually transmitted diseases, according to statistics from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is at the top of the list.
Safe Sex for Gay Men
The first thing a gay man or any sexually active person should do before having sex is to be tested for all the sexually transmitted diseases. Treatment may be necessary for any positive results but treatment will not make sex any safer for those with STDs or HIV.
For those with a clean sexual bill of health, condoms, dental dams and safe sex practices should be maintained to prevent any type of transmission or infection with new partners.
For those with STDs, only careful, open communication between partners can create a consensual environment for sex partners. If one or both partners carry an STD, then they must be honest about it. If partners decide to have sex despite the risks, they need to use condoms, dental dams and other safe sex practices to minimize the risk of infecting their partners and themselves.
Open communication will lead to trust which is the most important aspect of any relationship.
Safe sex for gay men is a two way street just as it is for heterosexual couples: everyone needs to take responsibility for their actions.
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