Help yourself by following our tips on STI prevention:
- Using barriers
- No sex until the clinic says so
- Finishing the tablets
- No sharing tablets
- Telling others
- Pissing and drinking
- Sex toys
- A clean start
- Seeing your doctor
- If you have HIV
Using a barrier makes it less likely that infections get passed on. You could use a condom for fucking (or sucking if this worries you) or a latex glove for fingering or fisting.
You can pass on an infection if you have sex before any treatment’s finished and before the clinic tells you it’s safe. You’ll be told by the clinic if they want you to come back so that they can check the treatment has worked.
You could still have an infection unless you finish the whole course of tablets that you’ve been given, even if the symptoms go away.
Sharing tablets with someone else means neither of you will have enough medicine to clear your infection up properly. And someone else’s medicine could be the wrong treatment for what you have.
Telling people you’ve had sex with that you’ve got an infection lets them know that they need to get checked too. Clinic staff can talk to you about ways of doing this which you feel comfortable about with (it can be done anonymously).
There’s no definite proof that pissing after sex and drinking lots of water make it less likely that you’ll get a sexually transmitted infection in your cock but drinking lots and pissing after sex might prevent bladder or urinary tract infections as this can flush bacteria away.
Sex toys, like dildos, used on more than one person can spread infections, even in dried blood. Cover them with a new condom when used on a different person or wash them with warm soapy water, or a mix of one part bleach and nine parts water then rinse.
If you’re starting a new relationship, it’s a good idea for both of you to get checked for infections.
More and more doctors (GPs) are screening people for STIs. If your surgery offers this, it can be a lot quicker than going to a sexual health clinic. If you’re thinking of going to your GP (not a clinic) to talk about STIs, HIV tests, hepatitis vaccinations or anything similar, you might want to think about the pros and cons of your doctor treating you.
If you have HIV
Here are some things you should know about:
- Having an untreated STI can cause more HIV to be made in your body. This could affect your health. It might also make it more likely that you pass on HIV if you have unprotected sex.
- If HIV has weakened your immune system, you may be more likely to pick up STIs.
- A weaker immune system makes some STIs (like thrush and molluscum) more common in people with HIV. Others (like herpes, syphilis or warts) might be harder to treat and symptoms might be worse.
- A lot of gay and bisexual men who get syphilis have HIV too. Ask your sexual health or HIV clinic for a syphilis blood test every six months, especially if you have sex with lots of men. Guys with HIV should also ask to be tested for hepatitis C at least once a year.
- Unprotected sex makes you more likely to pick up STIs. Men with HIV who have anal sex without condoms make up a very large number of cases of syphilis, lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) and hepatitis C.
- If you have HIV you can still be vaccinated against hepatitis A and B.
Last review: 25/09/2014
Next review: 31/09/2017