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Gay health, sex and HIV

When it comes to finding sexual health information online for gay and bisexual men, there’s a lot out there, but it can be hard to know where to turn for information you can trust. That’s why Avert has brought all our resources on sex, HIV, and sexual health for gay men, together in one place.  

This may be all new to you and you want to know why understanding HIV and sexual health are so important for gay and bisexual men. Or maybe you’re already in the know about anal sex, oral sex, chemsex, condoms, PrEP, being undetectable, or what it means to live with HIV today. Either way we’ve got everything here to give you the knowledge to make choices that make sense for you, keep you healthy, and give you the freedom to have fun.

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There are only a few ways you can get HIV. Find out how to protect yourself.
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The reasons to test far outweigh the reasons not to. Find out about the benefits of testing for HIV.
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You’ve tested for HIV, now what? We talk you through your results and what they mean.
Chemsex can be fun, but taking drugs to enhance sex can lead to increased sexual health risks.
Truvada - the drug used as PrEP
PrEP is taken before potential exposure to HIV to prevent an infection.
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There is no risk of passing on HIV if your doctor has confirmed that you are undetectable.
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Lots of people enjoy anal sex. Make sure you know how to stay safe and enjoy it.
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Oral sex is a great way to get closer to someone and learn what turns each other on.
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Advice on finding out you have HIV, telling others, taking treatment and staying healthy

The reality is that there are lots of new ways to have fun, worry-free sex with the person you want, while maintaining full control over your sexual health – whether you’re living with HIV, or not.

But, we get it, the whole task of negotiating ‘safer sex’ (which isn’t our favourite term by the way, but you understand) can seem a bit confusing.

With lots of new words out there to describe a person’s ‘sexual status’, it’s not as straight forward as it once was (i.e. just ‘wrap it up’). And while yes, using a condom during sex is one very good way to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV – we now all have a few more options that give us more freedom and control.

Preventing HIV is now easier with pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) if you are HIV-negative. And antiretroviral treatment can reduce the level of virus if you’re living with HIV to such a low level that it’s undetectable and untransmittable (this is the ‘undetectable = untransmittable’, or U=U, message). As well as this, there’s new ways to self-test for HIV without even leaving the house.

The world is changing out there, so you would be forgiven for being confused.

So whether this is all rather new to you – or you’re clued-up but looking for some extra information to share with your friends – check out the pages above.

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Last updated:
30 August 2018
Last full review:
08 March 2018
Next full review:
08 March 2021