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At what point in your relationship would you decide that yes, it’s now the right time to go bareback with your boyfriend? And what if it’s a hookup, would you have raw sex with him?

But wait, what does bareback mean? Well, it means having penetrative sex without using a condom

Anyway, we are bringing this up because we often stumble upon these questions online: would you go bareback with your boyfriend? More importantly, how do you have safer unprotected sex? 

Having sex without condom is risky, as not wearing it means you increase your risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection (STI) including HIV. Then, of course, there’s the stress that comes with it, worrying endlessly whether or not you contracted an illness from your partner.

They say that the best way to go about this is to “assume everyone is positive and fuck accordingly.” There’s also PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), a medicine that is highly effective for preventing HIV, according to CDC, when taken as prescribed that is. Everything you need to know about PrEP, you can read here, but please bear in mind that it’s only effective when it comes to preventing HIV and not when it comes to other kinds of STIs.

Others suggest that you test your partner and yourself first before having sex using a Rapid Self-Test, you’ll get the results within 20 minutes, and you can buy it at a pharmacy or online. Please note however, that it can take between 2 to 8 weeks (the average being 25 days, the longest 6 months) for your body to produce enough HIV antibodies for them to show up on standard HIV antibody tests.

If you’re in a monogamous relationship on the other hand—it means that both of you are not having sex with other people—the best way to go about this is to communicate. Be upfront and talk candidly: when was the last time the two of you had unprotected sex with other people? Of course, both of you should get tested for STIs as well, not just HIV, and if you or your partner is unwilling to do so regularly then you should just continue using condoms.

What about you, guys, what’s your take on this? Share with us your thoughts and stories in the comments section below.

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