The idea behind this article is to inspire thinking by considering ways to help make bareback sex a somewhat safer experience for men who have chosen to have bareback sex with other men. This article has been created for the purpose of exploring techniques that might help reduce the health risks for men who have already made the decision to incorporate bareback sex into their personal lives. Please understand that this article should not be used as a set of HIV prevention guidelines and professional advice needs to be sought prior to acting on anything discussed here. There is no guarantee that by following these precautions you will avoid HIV transmission, because even when you take extreme care, the possibility of seroconversion still exists.

Monogamous Partner

To lower your level of risk, barebacking with a monogamous partner is one way to help achieve this outcome. If you and your partner have established a strong level of trust and you are both free of sexually transmitted infections, then you have a good understanding about the level of risk involved. The problem with this idea is that if either partner wanders off to have unprotected sex with other men or if one of the partners contracts HIV in a way other than sexual intercourse, then the level of trust is diminished and the level of risk increases.

Fuck Buddies

If you are not living in a monogamous relationship, or if you live in an open relationship, then you may consider exploring sexual sexual encounters with other people. If you can establish trust with another person, such as an exclusive fuck buddy, then this may be a relatively safe option, providing that the person you choose is also healthy and that he only has unprotected sex with yourself. You need to remember that trust is a very big part of this process and while you might trust the other person, they may not actually be trustworthy. If one of you decides to have sex outside the fuck buddy arrangement, then the level of risk increases.

Diet and Exercise

Good health through exercise and diet can assist with keeping your immune system in optimum condition. This can be beneficial if your body is subjected to a virus or health risk, because it may give your body stronger resistance (although this cannot be guaranteed). Choosing healthy food options and a reasonable amount of exercise each day can help contribute to good health. Resting your body with a good nights sleep is also important. Other ways of taking care of your body include limiting the amount of alcohol you consume, removing cigarettes from your life and being conscious about drug use if this affects you. Alcohol, cigarettes and drugs may make your body more susceptible to infections because they may affect your immunity.

Personal Hygiene and Grooming

Another factor you may need to consider is the issue of exposing your body to risks by creating ways for infections to enter your body through your bloodstream. If you shave or remove hair around your pubic area, including your balls, ass crack and around the base of your cock, you could cut or nick yourself during the shaving or hair removal process, giving bodily fluids and viruses easier access to your body. This can also be an issue if you allow cum or pre-cum to enter your mouth. If you brush your teeth and damage your gums, they may bleed. An enema is a good idea to clean your insides before anal sex, but care needs to be taken to ensure that the cleansing process does not strip away the protective lining of the rectum. Genital piercings also need to be taken into consideration, as they could cause problems.

Sexually Transmitted Infections

It’s important to examine yourself for any signs of sexually transmitted infections or wounds which may expose you to any potential health risks. You are just as responsible for transmitting any viruses as other guys, so it’s important to check things out close to home before venturing out. If you don’t see any signs of sexually transmitted infections, such as sores, rashes or other symptoms, then you need to check others for the same things before taking things further. Try to do this in the most casual way possible, because being clinical or psychotic about it won’t do anything to keep you or the other guy in the mood.

Lubricant

Choosing the right type of lubricant is an important consideration, because you need to be aware that too much friction can cause flesh damage, such as a tear in the rectum. Too much lubricant can have the opposite effect, where things are so slippery that the sensation is reduced. Some lubricants now include ingredients which assist in relaxing the anal sphincter muscles to reduce the pain which can be associated with anal penetration. Water-based lubricant is the most common type of lubricant on the market, which can dry out after a while, so you may need to add some saliva to it. Silicone-based lubricant is a great choice for a consistently smooth experience and oil-based lube (not condom friendly) can be very greasy and difficult to clean up after wards.

Withdrawing Before Ejaculation

Some men may choose to limit their exposure to bodily fluids by pulling out before ejaculating. This process may be somewhat effective, but seminal fluid may also carry viruses. Some sexually transmitted infections don’t require bodily fluid – skin to skin contact is all that is sometimes needed for transmission to take place. If you choose this option, you need to be aware that it’s important for the top to pull out before he ejaculates, so a level of trust needs to be established. Remember that it’s easy to live in the moment of pleasure and forget about withdrawing before the fluids begin to flow.

Some men choose to only have sex with people who have the same health status as themselves. Both HIV negative and HIV positive men can do this in a process called serosorting. Serosorting involves both men establishing their own health status and maintaining the knowledge of their current status to accurately and then only have sexual relations with people who have the same HIV status. HIV negative men do this by only having sex with other HIV negative men and HIV positive men only ever have unprotected sex with other HIV positive men. This can be done for other sexually transmitted infections too, but serosorting relies on honesty and pinpointing accurate health assessments, which can impact on its effectiveness and reliability.

Avoidance and Condoms

If you discover that yourself or potential sex partners have an issue with their health, then you may decide to forgo your sexual encounter or choose a lower risk activity. Sometimes it’s best to avoid having sex to stay healthy rather than taking a risk for a few moments of pleasure. Another option is that you may choose to use a condom in some instances so that you can still have sex, but be better equipped to protect yourself in the event that a health concern is identified. This is something that needs to be considered on an individual level, as some barebackers completely avoid using condoms and they are not considered an option for some. You also need to take precautions to ensure the condoms do not break or become damaged, as they will be rendered useless.

These are just some of the techniques barebackers may consider in an attempt to make bareback sex a safer experience. Of course the level of safety depends on each individual and also the precautions taken. It’s important to remember that you can be as careful as possible and still end up contracting a sexually transmitted infection. This is why men who choose to have bareback sex need to make an informed decision beforehand and be fully aware of the risks associated with bareback sex and be prepared for the consequences of possibly becoming infected by another person. Each of us is in control of our own actions, so only we can be held accountable for the choices we make. It’s important to note that the webmaster is not a health professional and that you need to consult a professional before acting upon any of the information contained in this article.

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