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The risks of unprotected anal sex between men

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Question:

"Is not wearing a condom during anal sex between two men considered risky?"

- Anonymous

Response:

This is an excellent question. The short answer is yes.

The longer answer is that anal sex is a high risk behavior when it comes to STD transmission. This is true whether it occurs between a man and a woman or between two men.

The lining of the anus is not terribly robust. It does not lubricate itself. Due to these properties, anal sex can result in what are known as micro tears. These are small and people may not feel them as they happen. These micro tears create a pathway directly into somebody's blood stream. This makes STD transmission far more likely than would be the odds during other types of sexual encounters.

If you are engaging in anal sex, using protection is a great way to keep yourself safe. It is also a good idea to employ a form of lubrication. Make sure that the lubrication is water based.

If you have engaged in unprotected anal sex, getting yourself tested for STDs is imperative. If your testing is done through STDAware, you will discretely receive your results two business days later, being contacted only through email. If the worst happens, and you do receive a positive result, you will then be able to discuss treatment options with your healthcare provider.


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