Why do you choose bareback sex?

We asked guys why they choose bareback sex and if the sex they were having is as safe as they wanted.

Bradley:
“I started barebacking because I always found it difficult to stay hard with condoms but not without. By the time I’ve got them out of the packet it makes it tricky to stay focused. I like sex without them more for me. I know the risks so I’m not doing it blindly. I sometimes worry about what I might have picked up so I get tested regularly.”

For tips on condom use see: http://prime.dean.st/2017/08/01/foreplay-and-condoms/

Marcello:
“I used condoms all the time when I was younger but gradually used them less and less. Once you miss one time, it’s easier to miss the next. I think watching porn has sort of made it seem more acceptable too. I wouldn’t say I’m happy with the risks I take. Sometimes I get anxious about what might have happened. But I suppose not enough to avoid it. I get tested regularly to try and stay as healthy as I can.”

For information on home testing see: http://www.deanstreetathome.com

Alessio:
“Idon’t really know. In the moment I just get really horny and want to be bad I guess. I’m not sure where it comes from. I do want to be healthy, I go to the gym. But I also do drugs quite a lot and smoke and have raw sex. You see it a lot it London. I think it is fun but also a bit sad sometimes. I don’t feel like I have a mental health problem but I think gay life is less defined than that of straight people. I think we take more risks because there aren’t always kids and stuff to think about.”

If you’re worried about your mental health, London Friend has a range of health and wellbeing services: http://londonfriend.org.uk