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Protect Yourself

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Young FemaleYou can contract HIV

Whether you're gay, straight, neither, or all of the above, you are at-risk for HIV if you're having any type of sex (that includes oral and anal sex) at all.

Know the risks

Think that oral sex and anal sex isn't really sex? Think again. Oral sex (aka blowjobs or giving head) does carry certain risks with it. Sure, you can't get pregnant, but you can transmit many diseases, including herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis, genital warts, and HIV. The same thing goes for anal sex. In fact, anal sex is the riskiest type of sex you can engage in with anyone!

Sex doesn't pose the only risk to contracting an STD. Using drugs, whether once in a while, or drinking at parties or with friends, puts you at increased risk for contracting HIV and other STDs because you are more likely to have unprotected sex while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

You can protect yourself

If you are using drugs or drinking, try to choose a sober buddy to make sure everyone stays safe. Use protection whenever you engage in any kind of sexual activity.

Make sure you:

    • Know how to use a condom. Don't know how? Practice putting one on a banana or cucumber. You can get free condoms and help at Desert AIDS Project.

 

    • Always use Latex condoms with water-based lube like KY Lubricant, ID Glide, and others.
      Remember: ONLY USE WATER-BASED LUBE –
      anything else will break the condom.

 

    • Use a condom, even when performing oral sex! You'll be safer and cleaner.

 

  • Carry and store condoms in a cool, dry place. That means your car is not a location, especially during the summer months when anything left in a car will melt!

Got questions?

If you have any questions about how put on condoms, what lube is, or where to keep either one of these, please contact Ralph Gonzalez at (760) 992-0464 or .