Know Your Risk
Not all sex has the same risk. Your risk of picking up or passing on HIV depends on the kind of sex you have, your HIV status, your partner’s HIV status and condom use. The guys at HIM believe you can have great sex and still reduce your risk by making smart, informed decisions. We’re not going to tell you how to have sex, but we will offer some techniques for reducing the risk associated with the kind of sex you want to have.
HIV SPECTRUM OF RISK
No Risk or Very Low Risk
Kissing/ spit swapping, hand Job/mutual masturbation, receiving or giving oral sex with a condom, rimming with a dental dam. All sex while on PrEP, if used according to BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS guidelines. All sex with a partner who is undetectable and treatment adherent.
Receiving oral sex with no condom and no ejaculation in mouth, giving oral sex with no condom and no ejaculation in mouth, rimming with no dental dam, anal sex where using a condom is your primary prevention method.
Giving oral sex with ejaculation to a guy whose status is unknown or one partner is poz and has a detectable viral load. Condomless anal sex between two guys with detectable viral loads run the risk of them acquiring a different strain of HIV.
Anal sex (topping) without condoms or PrEP with a guy whose status is unknown or has a detectable viral load.
Very High Risk
Anal sex (bottoming) without a condom or PrEP with a guy whose status is unknown or has a detectable viral load.