If you are having regular anal sex without taking any precautions to protect yourself from HIV it is important to get into the habit of regular check-ups. We recommend HIV testing every month and a full STI check up every 3 months. You don’t have to come and see us every month to get a HIV test at Dean Street Express, you can order a home testing kit instead.
It’s also a good idea to get in the habit of checking yourself regularly. It is easier to make something a habit if you make it part of your routine. We have found it works well to work it into your bath/shower rituals every Saturday morning. We have put together a routine to support your self-checking:
1. Peep at your penis:
Take some time to get a proper look at your penis. Look for discharge, bleeding, sores, bumps, rashes, blisters, warts, spots and lumps. If you are uncircumcised you will need to retract the foreskin and examine the head of the penis, as well as the foreskin, and look for signs of irritation or yeast build-up along the seam of the foreskin.
2. Scrutinize your scrotum:
Check your balls one at a time – use the middle and index fingers under the testicle with a thumb on top and – with a small amount of pressure – roll the testicle between your fingertips. The texture and shape of the testicle will vary from man to man, but it should generally be fairly smooth. Although it is normal for a man to have one testicle slightly larger than the other, it is not normal for one testicle to suddenly become enlarged or swollen. Look for areas that are painful to touch, lumps as well as hardened areas, and colour or appearance changes.
3. Analyse your ass:
Now go down under and get your mirror back out. Check your anus and upper thigh area for blisters, bleeding, warts, sores and discharge. If you shave you will have no problems looking for unusual pimples, blisters and redness but if you don’t, make sure you slowly separate the pubic hair with your fingers so the skin is visible and continuing this process until all the skin has been checked.