Sex and HIV Risk
Different activities carry different levels of risk for transmitting HIV. Here we offer a list of activities from low risk to high risk.
Massage, wanking, cuddling, nipple pulling, spanking, fantasy, watching DVDs, or each other, wrestling, phone sex, sex on the web, porn, fucking between legs (cum away from his arse), reading, shooting cum on his belly, back, face, using toys, dildos, vibrators, fingers (not shared), sexy talking, slapping the face with cock, body rubbing, being sucked off, pissing, shopping, cruising, licking around the balls, along the shaft of the cock, between the arsehole and balls, using cream, jelly, custard, honey, ice cubes — our imaginations (fantasies) are limitless.
Very Low Risk
Anal or vaginal sex using a condom and lube.
Sucking cock if you take cum (sperm) in the mouth.
Unprotected fucking (anal or vaginal), sharing injecting equipment (needles and syringes), sharing blades, needles or piercing equipment.
You may have had unprotected anal sex at some time in your life and this can cause a lot of stress or worry. There are many reasons why this may have happened. To reduce the chance of this happening again, think about why you had anal sex without a condom.
If you had anal sex without a condom or a condom burst, try not to panic. Although this leaves you at risk from HIV, you should not automatically assume you have contracted HIV. Talk about it with an outreach worker, friend or health worker or telephone a gay or HIV helpline. Think about getting tested for HIV. Remember that HIV can take three months to show up in a blood test. This is known as the ‘window period’.
There is also an emergency treatment for HIV exposure called Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP). PEP is a four–week course of anti-HIV drugs that may stop HIV infection becoming established if it is started soon after exposure to HIV. If you think you may have come into contact with HIV, for example by having unprotected sex, or if a condom broke or after risky drug injecting, then it could be worth having PEP treatment. However, it is not guaranteed to work. You will also have to be assessed by a medical doctor. To be most effective, PEP should be started within
a few hours of exposure and no more than 72 hours later. In Ireland,
PEP is available at a number of STI/GUM clinics and A&E Departments. Information on PEP is available here.