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SEXUAL
HEALTH

Sexual Health
Sexual Health

Preparation:
steps for a safer experience


 

Action:
safety during chemsex
 

Reflection:
considerations after chemsex


 

Common STI Symptoms:
a non-exhaustive
list

BOUNDARIES

Set your boundaries. Chems reduce inhibitions so it’s best to be clear beforehand on what your limits are e.g. what sex acts am I not okay with?

 

SEXUAL WELL-BEING

Stay safe with the essentials: condoms, lube, PrEP, and PEP.Pack your meds beforehand and set an alarm, so you don’t forget to take them.

 

CONSENT

Consent cannot be given when someone is "going under."Always prioritise respect and communication.

 

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

GBL packs a stronger punch than GHB, so opt for smaller doses to stay in control. Measure everything in advance and time your doses to ensure safer doses.

  • Establish clear boundaries

  • Use condoms – a different condom for each partner or hole

  • Don’t share sex kits or dildos

  • Use gloves if fisting

  • Tell someone where you are going or share your location

  • Test for STI’s and HIV regularly

  • Get your vaccines – Hep B, Hep C and Mpox

SELF REFLECTION

How was my experience? Am I okay? Do I want to cut down or stop?

 

MENTAL HEALTH

Ensure you understand the effects of chemsex on your mental health. Speak to a professional if you are concerned.

SEXUAL HEALTH

Might you have been exposed to HIV? Get PEP within 72 hours of exposure from A&E or a GUM clinic. Get tested – at least every three months.

 

SUPPORT

You may benefit from support and services that we can offer.

 

You won't always get symptoms if you have an STI, but some of the common symptoms include but are not limited to:   

  • Painful peeing

  • Unusual discharge

  • Lumps

  • A rash

  • Bleeding

  • Itchiness

  • Sore throat

  • Warts

 

Remember, it is important to test for STI's and HIV every 3 to 6 months or whenever you have a new sexual partner.

 

LGBT Foundation offer sexual health testing, wellbeing chats or free condoms and lube, get in touch at:

LGBT Foundation
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