You. Your health matters to you more than anyone else, and taking care of yourself should be a priority.
If you’re not sure about your health, or a partner’s health, don’t hesitate to check out the REZO website (French only). They’re a Montréal-based organization promoting the sexual health and wellbeing of gay and bisexual men.
To find one, use the search tool located in the right hand column.
If you regularly do drugs during sex and think you might need help, don’t hesitate to contact a community-based HIV organization in your area.
For more information on drugs and their effects, check out Drugs, alcohol and gay men, created by REZO.
If you are a trans man and you’re taking hormones, don’t forget that sharing syringes increases your risk of HIV and STBBI. Some studies have shown that the level of HIV infection among the trans population is very high. If you like using sex toys, visit the sex toy section of this site to learn the best ways of preventing infections. You’ll also find lots of helpful information in this guide: Primed: the back pocket guide for transmen and the guys who dig them. If you need to, you also shouldn’t hesitate to contact ASTTEQ (Action Santé Travesti(e)s & Transexuel(le)s du Québec).
Your health is just as important if you are living with HIV. Don’t forget that living with HIV makes it easier to contract another STBBI, and harder to treat it. What’s more, STBBIs can cause serious health problems and affect the effectiveness of your anti-HIV treatments. And of course there is also the delicate question of disclosing your HIV status to you partner or partners. For more information on that topic, check out the REZO brochure, Living positive as well as the section of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network website on the criminalisation of non-disclosure of HIV.