According to the BC Centre for Disease Control, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are some of the most widespread infections in the world. At any given time you can be exposed to 20 or more different infections caused by viruses, bacteria and single-celled organisms.
STI exposure can happen any time there is sexual contact with anyone involving genitals, the rectum (anal) or the mouth (oral). Bacterial STI’s are treatable and curable, however viral STI’s cannot be cured. Preventing STI’s is easier than treating infections once they occur.
It’s important to be informed and educated on STI’s and HIV. Understand how to reduce your risk of infection, reduce the spread of transmission and understand the risks involved.
Engaging in high-risk sexual activity, such as multiple partners or unprotected sex, the chances of contracting a STI or HIV is dramatically increased. Unfortunately, sometimes the risks have permanent, long-term impacts.
“No matter If you are [HIV] poz or neg there’s someone out their for everyone,” said 23 year old gay porn star, Jayden Grey. “Dealing with HIV now is a lot different than back when nobody knew anything about it.”
In Canada there has been significant preventative education programs implemented over the past two decades to educate individuals on safer-sex practices and sexual education. For those who have contracted HIV, Canada has been seen as a leader in HIV care, treatment and research.
“There is help out there for those who wish to seek it,” said Jayden. “HIV is not a death sentence as long as you keep healthy and do what your doctor advises.”
Getting tested regularily is important, especially if you are engaging in high-risk activity.
“There are people out there that don’t know they have HIV because they won’t go get tested,” said Jayden. “Don’t be scared. Save yourself and the risk of spreading it.”