When it comes to sexual health, there are lots of things you can do to minimise the risks of contracting STIs and HIV.
What steps you can take will largely depend on the type of sex you enjoy having.
Check out the information below to see the risk associated with different kinds of sex.
Fucking without a condom is a high risk for the transmission of HIV and other STIs.
In terms of HIV, the risk of transmission is high because the virus can pass through the wall of the anal passage and the head of your cock.
If you’re regularly fucking without a condom, you may be eligible for PrEP, a daily pill that can protect you from HIV (though not from other STIs). PrEP is available on the NHS in Scotland to men who meet certain eligibility criteria. You can find out more on our PrEP page.
If you have been at risk of HIV within the last 72 hours, you may be able to access PEP to reduce your chance of becoming infected with HIV. It’s important to act as quickly as possible to reduce the chance of you becoming infected.
It’s really important that we get the message out that HIV treatment is also helping to prevent new HIV infections. There is now clear consensus that a person living with HIV, on treatment and with an undetectable viral load cannot transmit the condition to their sexual partners. This is sometimes known as U=U or Undetectable=Untransmittable.
If you are regularly having sex without condoms, and with a lot of guys, then you should be getting a sexual health check up every 3 months. Testing for a range of STIs is available from our m-test service.
Fucking with a condom is a low risk for the transmission of HIV and most other STIs.
You can keep the risk low by making sure you are using the right size and type of condom for you. This reduces the risk of the condom slipping off or failing. Check out the Condoms & Lube section for advice on choosing and using the right condom.
If you have had a condom fail during sex during the last 72 hours you may be able to access PEP to reduce your chance of becoming infected with HIV. It’s important to act as quickly as possible to reduce the chance of you becoming infected.
If you are regularly having sex with lot of guys, then you should also be getting a sexual health check up every 3 months. Testing for a range of STIs is available from our m-test service.
Oral sex is a low risk for the transmission of HIV. However there have been a small number of reported cases where HIV transmission has occurred (usually affecting the guy that’s sucking).
You can lower the HIV risk of oral sex even further by using condoms but most guys in Scotland consider the risk so low that they don’t.
Risk factors include having cuts in your mouth, bleeding gums and mouth ulcers. You should also avoid brushing your teeth or using mouth wash before sucking as these can expose blood in the mouth.
Oral sex is a high risk for other STIs, including gonorrhoea, syphilis and chlamydia. These infections can be transmitted easily between both partners.
If your having condomless oral sex then you should be getting a sexual health check up every 3 months. Testing for a range of STIs is available from our m-test service.
Wanking is a very low risk for the transmission of HIV and other STIs.
Wanking alone carries absolutely no risk and it’s very unlikely that you will pick up an infection when wanking with a partner.
The only instance that risk may occur would be when rubbing someone else's cum or precum on your cock.
Rimming another guy or getting rimmed is a very low risk for transmission of HIV.
However there is a risk associated to other STIs including gonorrhoea and chlamydia. There is also a risk of Hepatitis A and B, which can be vaccinated against at your local sexual health service. Vaccinations are available from our m-test service.
If you want to be extra safe you can use a dental dam (which come in different flavours) to protect you and your partner, this is just a latex sheet that you can place over your partners arse hole.