When you fulfil your fantasies in real life, it is your responsibility to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), so you can explore your sexuality with peace of mind.
How can I protect myself from STIs?
- By always using condoms or dental dams during sexual activities, and by requesting your partner.s do the same. Every time you switch partners or if you share toys, you must use a new protection.
- By doing regular screening tests and by being aware of your STIs status;
- By asking your doctor about PrEP and vaccines against HPV and hepatitis A and B.
Keep in mind that many people who have an STI have no symptoms. It is therefore all the more important to always protect yourself, even if nothing seems “wrong”.
What should I do if someone I’ve had sex with tells me they have an STI?
- Get a screening test done;
- Avoid having unprotected sex until you get your test results.
What should I do if I get an STI?
- Talk to your doctor about treatments;
- Inform the partner.s you could have infected so you can help stop spreading the infection, but also so that they can get treated quickly.
Am I required to tell my partners about my STI status?
You must inform your partner.s of your serological status if there is a realistic possibility of transmission.
You are not obligated to inform them of your HIV-positive status if you use a condom/dental dam and if your viral load is very low or undetectable (for example, if you diligently take triple therapy and do regular blood tests to measure your viral load).
We strongly encourage you to disclose your STI status to your partner.s, especially if you do not use condoms or dental dams. Although there is no law regulating non-disclosure of STIs, someone could sue you if you’ve transmitted an STI that causes them prejudice.
For more information about STIs and treatments, go here.