Be Safe

Condoms
W-SPOT provides a condom distribution scheme that gives people at risk of HIV free and easy access to condoms and lubricant.
Male condoms come in different thicknesses, shapes and sizes but all are effective providing they are good quality, look out for one or both of these symbols;
Phone 0151 237 3990 for details of how to get free condoms or look online where there is a huge selection available to purchase.

Safer Injecting
There are many reasons people are using needles to inject themselves.
Sometimes this might be to enhance sexual experience, this is often called ‘chemsex’.
Some people inject drugs to enhance their body appearance, or to workout harder at the gym, using steroids.
Remember not to share and use new injecting equipment every time.
For safer injecting packs and advice visit Wirral Ways to Recovery.

Reducing risk with other drugs/chems
Drinking and/or taking drugs can make you more likely to take risks. Some combinations of drink and drugs (or chems) can be particularly dangerous – such as taking GHB and drinking – it’s good to know what you’re taking and check this out first.
If you feel unsafe at any time make sure you get to the A&E department of your nearest hospital for support.
Click here for more information about sex and drugs for gay and bi men.
Remember, chemsex can never be 100% safe and carry other serious health risks.

If you think you may have been exposed to HIV
PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis) is a treatment that can stop an HIV infection after the virus has entered a person’s body.  It must be taken within 72 hours of exposure.
It is available from any A&E department at any time of day or from a GU clinic during their normal opening hours

PrEP
PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a drug which if taken regularly can protect you from getting HIV.
To find out where and how to access PrEP click here