If you’re just coming out you need a good address book.

Turn to the listings in any gay magazine and you can make a note of the hars and cluhs.

But where do you turn if you want to know ahout safer sex?

\X/e can give you the hasic facts. hilt TUI‘IIHirc clctailCLl aclViCt\ make a note of: these numhers. (If you’re worried that someone else might see the names. you can always list them hy their initials as NAH. 'rirr and 1.1.08.)

Whicheyer one you call. you'll get useful advice and information from people who are friendly and easy to talk to.

But what. hriefly. does safer sex mean?

It‘s any activity where there's little or no risk of HIV transmission through exchange of hlood. semen or vaginal fluid. That‘s why it‘s important to rise a condom for penetratiye sex with a woman.

lSut sex lietween men is often non—penetratiye. For instance it might inyolye mutual masturbation which is safe as there‘s no risk of HIV infection through blood or semen heing exchanged.

This can easily happen during unprotected anal sex, making it very risky for either partner. So if you have anal

sex you should always use the strongest condoms such as

Durex [Extra Strong. Mates Super Strong or “'1‘ Special.

It's a good idea also to use a luhricant. hut always

make sure it’s a water-hased one like KY jelly. Neyer use anything oil—hased like Bahy Oil or Vaseline as this will damage a condom.

If there's anything else you want to know ahout safer sex. call one of these numhers.

And keep them in your address hook. It‘s yery

reassuring to know that help and understanding are

~just a phone call away.

Call The National AIDS Helpline free

‘x El)(/(. _ ._ . . . s "I, on 0800 367 123. The Terrence Higgins ; . 7‘ Trust on 071242 1010 or London l.c‘sl)i.lll I Z 7( {K

and Gay Switchhoard on 07] 837 7324. j’Ho‘I“

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