At Grindr, we understand that it’s a crazy world out there, and we want to be a resource to our users in their quest to stay healthy. As gay men, we continue to face two major issues within our community: 1) Knowing our sexually transmitted disease (STD) status, and 2) recognizing when we’ve got a substance abuse problem.
These two very common concerns are what we’re focused on with Grindr Health. Here, you can find an effective testing facility near you or a confidential online source that’ll get you results and help you know your HIV/AIDS/STD status as soon as possible. We’ve also got links to info on substance abuse resources to help you determine whether you might have a problem and what you can do about it.
To quickly find a testing facility near you, please visit www.hivtest.org
To learn more about confidential, at-home testing please watch the video below and visit GetSTDTested (getstdtested.com).
GetSTDTested informational video:
• The surest way to avoid transmission of sexually transmitted diseases is to abstain from sexual intercourse, or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and you know is uninfected.
• For persons whose sexual behaviors place them at risk for STDs, correct and consistent use of the male latex condom can reduce the risk of STD transmission. However, no protective method is 100 percent effective, and condom use cannot guarantee absolute protection against any STD. The more sex partners you have, the greater your chances are of getting HIV or other diseases passed through sex.
• Condoms used with a lubricant are less likely to break. However, condoms with the spermicide nonoxynol-9 are not recommended for STD/HIV prevention. Condoms must be used correctly and consistently to be effective and protective. Incorrect use can lead to condom slippage or breakage, thus diminishing the protective effect. Inconsistent use, e.g., failure to use condoms with every act of intercourse, can result in STD transmission because transmission can occur with a single act of intercourse.
• Don't share needles and syringes used to inject drugs, steroids, vitamins, or for tattooing or body piercing. Also, do not share equipment ("works") used to prepare drugs to be injected. Many people have been infected with HIV, hepatitis, and other germs this way. Germs from an infected person can stay in a needle and then be injected directly into the next person who uses the needle.
• Don't share razors or toothbrushes because of they may have the blood of another person on them.
According to the Pride Institute, "studies indicate that, when compared with the mainstream (heterosexual) population, LGBT people are more likely to use drugs, have higher rates of substance abuse, and are more likely to continue drug abuse into later life. Although LGBT people have been shown to use all types of drugs, certain drugs appear to be more popular in the LGBT community than in the mainstream community.
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