Tina and HIV
Tina and meds
Tina and seroconversion
Not everyone who uses crystal gets HIV.
Getting HIV is harder than other sexually transmitted infections
(STIs), like syphilis, but the same things - fucking without
a condom, exchanging cum or blood - can increase the chances.
You may have heard the slogan, ‘Use Crystal, Get HIV.’
Not everyone who uses Tina gets HIV. They party smart.
Lots of guys who use Tina use condoms or reduce their risks
in other ways like only having unprotected sex with fuck buddies
who are also HIV negative, only letting other guys fuck them
with dildos, other toys, or fists.
Other ways guys limit their risk is to plan ahead and avoid
things that they know takes them over the line. They cut back
on the amount of Tina they do, set time limits, and maintain
their sexual boundaries.
Play smarter – be prepared
We suggest putting together a sex bag that includes water-based
lube, condoms, gloves, personal ass toys, watch and/or timer,
water, sport drinks, HIV and other meds, meal replacement
bars and healthy snacks for nutrition and meds that need food,
toothbrush and toothpaste. For smokers, non-alcohol based
mouthwash and sugarless gum are recommended. For slammers,
it is recommended that we have sterile needles, sterile water
or saline, and a clean container for mixing. Beginning with
a shower and inspection of body for possible cuts.
Risks for same status partners
Some people who are HIV+ decide to 'play it safe' by only
having sex with other HIV+ people. While this does guarantee
that HIV won't be transmitted to someone who is negative,
there are risks associated with sex between two positive people.
First, there is the risk of transmitting other STIs. STIs
are often much more difficult to treat in HIV+ individuals.
Second, there is the risk of HIV reinfection. The chances
of us receiving the same mutation of the virus twice are not
high. For more on multiple infections including Hep C please
Another consideration for two positive partners is the immune
system itself. The body's immune system is challenged every
time an invader (like HIV) is introduced into the body. The
immune system responds by activating the immune cells, which
in turn, enables HIV to multiply. The presence of another
guy’s semen in our body provokes an immune response
(including if that semen is HIV-). Ideally, we want to keep
our immune systems relatively unchallenged. It is important
to avoid any new exposure to HIV or other infectious agents.
Adapted from knowcrystal.org with permission.