I’m always amazed at the way sexually active gay men want to ignore any talk about STDs. More often than not they think having an STD is a dirty nasty thing. I see profiles online all the time that say “clean”, or “ looking for STD Free”. What I find is that most of the time when guys think having an STD is a dirty thing, they lack a basic understanding of STDs, including the ways to protect themselves and what to look out for.
I think that’s why in some cities we are now seeing increases in syphilis, as well and chlamydia and gonorrhea. And remember, you can get these STD’s in your butt as well as in your throat. (Yeah – you can get them in places other than just your dick!)
So I decided to share a few of my personal Do’s & Dont's on sexual health and STD prevention.
- If you are sexually active (that means having sex with more than your monogamous partner) think about making a routine testing commitment to yourself. Every 3 months for common STDs is not too frequent.
- Ask your local STD clinic or medical provider to swab your throat, ass and take a urine test. If your provider doesn’t offer throat & butt swabbing for chlamydia and gonorrhea, ask why! You need to take an active part of your own health care.
- If you are HIV positive – make sure your...