Talking about sex is not always easy, but it is important to discuss sexual behaviors and drug use with current and potential sexual partners. Knowing whether relationships are open, monogamous, or polyamorous allow you to make informed decisions on HIV and STI prevention methods.
If you or a sexual partner are using intravenous (IV) drugs and are having unprotected sex, there is a high risk of HIV transmission. If any sexual partner is injecting drugs, it is very important to use a protective barrier such as a condom or dental dam when engaging in sexual activities.
Personal Safety When Talking About Sex: If you are in a situation where a partner could be or is physically violent toward you, the first step is to ensure your safety. Talk to a professional who can support you in making changes necessary to keep you safe.
If you feel you don’t know how to start a conversation about sex and drug use, there are plenty of resources available to help. GMHC and many other community-based organizations offer safer sex workshops and support.