While the main focus of FUNK! is leathersex, we believe it is also important
to remind our Bruthas that it is also important to protect yourselves
during every sexual activity. And, even though the risk for contracting
HIV or other STIs from most of the activities covered in this book are
minimal, we all know that often a good scene can end with some serious
suckin’ and fuckin’…so we still need to think about
DA FUNKIN’ BASICS!
- STIs are infections that can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites.
There are more than 30 STIs (check out www.safersaner.org for details),
and they are transmitted primarily through sexual contact with a person
who has a sexually transmitted infection. Everyone who is sexually active
is at risk for STIs (HIV or others) if their partner is infected. Most
of you are probably more familiar with the term STD (sexually transmitted
disease), people acquire infections through sexual contact, not diseases.
STI is just more accurate.
- Most STIs are preventable by practicing safer sex. There are many
activities included under safer sex, but for intercourse it means using
a protective barrier (with the appropriate lubricants) for any kind
of fuckin’ or suckin’. Yeah, we know there is a slim chance
of contracting HIV through oral sex…but there are a lot of other
infections to worry about!
- Recommended barriers include condoms (latex and polyurethane), dental
dams, finger cots, and nitrite gloves; and they should all be used with
water-based lubricants. Just be aware that some people have allergies
to latex and/or certain chemicals in lubricants. If you notice a strange
reaction, it doesn’t mean to stop using protection…it just
means to try a different product!
- Don’t make decisions about protecting yourself based on what
your partner says…or how he looks…or if he pays. If you
want to play safe…then FUNKIN’ PLAY SAFE!
- There is a lot of info available on HIV so we won’t go too deep,
and recommend you check out The Body (www.thebody.org) for the most
recent info on HIV. But regardless of how much you read and learn, the
only way to know if you have contracted HIV is to get tested!
- If you fuck raw, or share needles (regardless of if you are shooting
steroids, hormones, or heroin) then you are at risk for contracting
HIV (and forms of hepatitis…and other infections)! And we know
barebacking can be hot…sexy…spontaneous…and your preference;
but if that’s how you hit it then keep up with what’s happening
with your body…and if something seems a little off then get it
- You may be the kind of person that can do your own self diagnosis
when you get sick, but the only way to be 100% if you have an STI is
to get tested
If you have been playing raw or think you may have
an STI, then request a test from your primary care physician. If you don’t
have a regular doctor (or don’t want him or her all in your business)
find out if your local health department (or community based organizations)
offers any free HIV/STI testing. We don’t care where you go…just
HANDLE YA FUNKIN’ BUSINESS!!!
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