Sex between men

About HIV and other STI’s

STIs are infectious diseases which are transmitted through sexual contact. STIs can be transmitted in both anal sex and oral sex if a condom is not used. Other STI’s are much more common and easily transmitted that HIV, but it’s good to be aware of the fact that HIV is more common among gay and bisexual men than among other people.

The highest risk of HIV is in anal sex without condom. In oral sex, the one who performs it and has a possibility of getting sperm in their mouth has a small possibility of HIV transmission. Other STI’s (chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis) can transmitted in both anal and oral sex (including rimming). Hepatitis C can be transmitted if there’s bleeding during unprotected anal sex. You can read more about HIV and other STI’s here.

STI’s may remain asymptomatic for years, but they can nevertheless be transmitted.

Left untreated, STIs can lead to various kinds of complications, such as infertility (both in men and women), different kinds of infections and joint problems. It is important to test and treat sex partners as well. An untreated STI always significantly increases the risk of HIV transmission.

The proper use of a condom is the only way to avoid STIs.

If you have had unprotected sex and you want to know whether you have an STI or if you have developed symptoms, get yourself tested.

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ChemSex

ChemSex means sex related drug use. It’s a fairly big phenomenon in the gay scene especially abroad. Drugs are illegal in Finland and they also carry numerous health risks including overdosing. Many drugs can also have serious interactions with alcohol, poppers or medication used to treat erectile dysfunction.

You can read more about the topic from these pages of 56 Dean Street clinic located in London.

If you have something to worry about your own drug use, we are here to help. We provide support and counseling about this matter also and our staff has a special training about ChemSex.