Health Tips

Health Tips

by Spectrum Uganda

Anal sex is a high risk behavior and the rate of HIV infection is twice among Gay Men, Men who have sex with Men and Transgender men (MSM/GMT) compared to others.

Get Tested and Know your HIV Status; If it’s NOT on the game is off!

  • Educate yourself on HIV risks and how you can reduce it
  • Topping (Insertive) is less risk to getting HIV compared to Bottoming (receptive) which is a high risk
  • Sexually transmitted diseases and Infections are possible(STD/STI’s) so play safe use a condom and lubricant.
  • Know your HIV status to help you keep safe and protect others.
  • If you are to have sex use the right condom and lubricant. It is highly recommended to use water based or silicon lubricant.
  • If your bottoming douche before sex to avoid any embarrassment
  • It is recommended to get circumcised to minimize risks of getting infected of HIV or STD/STI’s
  • Oral sex: when having oral sex it’s recommended to have a condom on the others penis as he may have STD/STIs without noticing and could infect your throat /mouth and cause soars.
  • Oral-Anal contact ( rimming or analingus), anal sex can be explored in many ways , some use their fingers to touch the outside of the anal opening, others insert fingers and some enjoy oral-anal contact rimming or analingus either by licking the open of the anus or inserting a tongue
  • If the condom is not on the game is off.

Talk to your doctor about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

  • PrEP is taking HIV medicine daily to prevent HIV infection. PrEP should be considered if you are HIV-negative and in an ongoing sexual relationship with an HIV-positive partner. PrEP also should be considered if you are HIV-negative and have had a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or any anal sex (receptive or insertive) with a male partner without condoms in the past six months and are not in an exclusive relationship with a recently tested, HIV-negative partner.

Talk to your doctor right away (within 3 days) about post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) if you have a possible exposure to HIV.

  • An example, if you have anal without a condom with someone who is or may be HIV-positive, and you are HIV-negative and not taking PrEP. your chance of exposure to HIV is lower if your HIV-positive partner is taking antiretroviral therapy (ART) consistently and correctly, especially if his/her viral load is undetectable. Starting PEP immediately and taking it daily for 4 weeks reduces your chance of getting HIV .

You can lower you sexual risk of HIV:

  • Get tested and treated for STD
  • Use condoms consistently and correctly
  • Use and Adhere to HIV medication
  • Reduce on numbers of sexual partners and chose less risky sexual behavior