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 or the bars and clubs.

But where do you turn it you want to know about safer sex? We can give you the basic facts. but for more detailed advice. make a note or these numbers. (If you‘re worried that someone else might see the names, you can always list them by their initials as NAH. int and lies.)

\X/hicheyer one you call, you‘ll get useful advice and information from people who are friendly and easy to talk to.

But what. briefly. does safer sex mean?

It's any activity where there‘s little or no risk of.

HIV tl‘anslliiss‘ioil through exchange of blood. semen or vaginal fluid. That‘s why it‘s important to use a condom for penetrative sex with a woman.

But sex between men is often non—penetratiye. liot‘ instance it might involve mutual masturbation which is

safe as there‘s no risk or HIV infection through blood

or semen being exchanged.

This can easily happen during unprotected anal sex,

making it very risky for either partner. So it you have anal

sex you should always use thc’ strongest condoms such as

Durex Ultra Strong. Mates Super Strong or H’l‘ Special.



It’s a good idea also to use a lubricant, but always make sure it’s a water-based one like KY jelly. Never use anything oil—based like Baby Oil or Vaseline as this will damage a condom. If. there’s anything else you want to know about safer sex, call one of these numbers.

And keep them in your address book. It’s very reassuring to know that help and understanding are just a phone call away. Call The National AIDS HEIpline free on 0800 567 123, The Terrence Higgins Trust on

01712422 1010 or London Lesbian and Gay

‘A EDUC . a 1) Swrtchboard on 0171 837 7324. They can ; . a also give you details of local helplines I z . 70 «‘x and serv1ces. "10?)

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