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Swiss AIDS Federation Launches STD Campaign
(Blogmensgo, gay blog of April 11, 2018) After 30 years of intensive educational work on HIV/AIDS, there is still a lot of ignorance on the subject of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and in Switzerland, as in many other countries, there have been increasing numbers of infections with diseases such as gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis, HPV (human papilloma virus), chlamydia and others in the past decade. That is why the Swiss AIDS Federation launched an information campaign on sexually transmitted diseases, which means it no longer limits itself to HIV/AIDS alone, but now includes these new topics.
The campaign is aimed at gay men, heterosexual people and MSM, i.e. men who have sex with men.
Here is a funny video about the use of condoms… (in French):
Although condoms offer very good protection against HIV, this protection is not 100%: sexual practices such as fellatio or rimming (oral-anal contact or analingus) still pose an infection risk for HIV, hepatitis B and C when the partners come into contact with blood.
The risk of these infections may be even bigger because some infected people remain asymptomatic and can spread their infection unnoticed.
For some STDs (such as HPV and hepatitis A and B) there are vaccinations but not for others (such as HIV) though – these can only be detected by a test.
Sexually active gays should be tested for STDs up to twice a year, depending on their sexual practices. During a test appointment, blood or urine samples, tissue swabs and the like can be used to perform several tests for different diseases at the same time. However, doctors try to keep the number of tests to a minimum, depending on the person, risks taken, symptoms, etc.
In short: Do what you want this spring, but get tested – it costs almost no effort and only little money.