Question: Hi Peter - This is my first time experiencing IML and I'm planning on having a couple of marathon sex sessions (12-24hrs) with friends and with people I don't know. Other than playing safe and not using drugs, what other pointers can you give me to reduce any type of harm to myself.
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Answer: Thank you for checking out my service and for submitting a question. IML (International Mister Leather, May 28 - 31, Chicago) can be a really great and fun experience. Make sure to visit the Howard Brown booth at the leather mart to stock up on all your safer sex supplies for free!
One of the best pieces of advice that I can give is to develop a plan for keeping yourself safe (in whichever way that means for you) and communicating that plan to every partner. For example, if you want to avoid being topped bareback, then have that be a hard boundary line for yourself and tell your partners about that line. Having a set plan will increase the chances of you sticking to it when things get hot and heavy or if your mind is otherwise distracted.
Another thing to communicate with someone about is their HIV status and how that relates to your status. However, since many people do not know their true HIV status (research shows us that up to 50 percent of gay men who are positive don't know they are positive), make sure you ask more about their behaviors than their status. For example, if you are HIV-negative and want to have sex with someone else who is HIV-negative, asking "when were you last tested and what was the result?" may give you better information than "are you neg?" There is still no guarantee but it may help you to identify people who are of the same status as you.
Outside of that, make sure you drink lots of water to stay well hydrated. Eat well, to keep energy supplies high. And let a trusted friend know where you are and who you are with, for your general safety.
Also, getting tested for and treated for any STDs before IML will reduce the risk of HIV infection. Let me know if you need help finding a testing location!
Of course, if you choose to use condoms, change up condoms frequently and use LOTS of lube!
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