It may be that you mostly have sex with men, but sometimes also with women.
Regardless of the gender of the people you have sex with, the best way to avoid infection with HIV and other STBBIs is to use one or more prevention methods such as using condoms, taking PrEP, or getting tested on a regular basis.
To reduce your risk:
Remember that you can’t assume you know someone’s sexual history based on their appearance or behaviour.
Use latex or polyurethane condoms for vaginal sex. If you have both anal and vaginal sex, remember to change condoms when you change holes to avoid transmitting bacteria from the anus to the vagina.
For group sex, the golden rule is still the same: “When you change holes, change condoms.” This means that if you’re having sex with more than one person, make sure to change condoms every time you change partners or switch to a different hole.
For latex condoms, use plenty of water- or silicone-based lube and add more lube as needed – this is the best way to minimize the risk sores or lesions. Avoid oil-based lubes and any others type of lubricant that is incompatible with latex condoms. This information will be mentioned on the lubricant container.
Some people are allergic to latex. Most pharmacies also sell polyurethane condoms that can be used with either water- or oil-based lubricants.
If you put your fingers in your partner’s vagina to stimulate their G spot, or if you practice fisting, make sure to keep your nails short to avoid injuring your partner. Using latex or polyurethane gloves is recommended, especially if you have sores or cuts on your fingers or hand or if your partner is menstruating.
Also, don’t forget that your partner could get pregnant. If you pull out before ejaculation in order to avoid pregnancy, remember that your precum also contains sperm, which means that it’s still possible for someone to get pregnant using this method.
If your partner is living with HIV, PrEP could be a good way to protect yourself against HIV infection. Going to the doctor for a regular check-up is recommended if you are in a relationship with someone who is HIV-positive.
If you’d like, we can send you a reminder by text or email when it’s time to make an appointment at a testing centre. Use the “Testing reminder tool” situated in the right hand column.