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Sexual health and the risk of STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) is a concern to many new and experienced ladyboy lovers. The truth is, for heterosexual males who start to have sex with ladyboys, the risk of catching certain sexual diseases becomes greater, especially if you are meeting ladyboy sex workers – and this can be a very scary thing. However, it doesn’t need to be that frightening. In fact, with the right knowledge and precaution, you can assure that you stay disease free.
OK, let’s get the big one out of the way…HIV is perhaps the scariest word ladyboys lovers fear the most, but in reality that fear is often blown way out of proportion. Such is the social stigma and lack of education attached to this disease. Many ladyboys and ladyboy lovers can develop an irrational fear of it. HIV, which can lead to the development of AIDS, is not that difficult to protect yourself against.
And with a little common sense, it isn’t something you should constantly fear…even if you know you’ve slept with someone who has it.
There are in fact many other sexual diseases which are much easier to catch during male to male intercourse, and if left untreated, can cause you serious problems. But again, all of which you can help protect yourself against and significantly reduce risk of infecting – or treat it as long as you know you have it.
A few of the common sexual diseases are:
1- Gonorrhea and Chlamydia: generally transmitted through sexual intercourse via genital secretions, such as the urethral secretions from the penis
2- Genital herpes and syphilis: usually transmitted through skin-to-skin contact by way of infected ulcers or sores.
3- HPV: transmitted through skin to skin content by way of infected genital skin or mucosal secretions, such as the penis and anus.
4- HIV, and hepatitis A and B: transmitted through blood, semen, or other bodily fluid.
1- As soon as you become sexually active with ladyboys, it’s important to immediately start practicing safe sex (hopefully you already do so). Here are a few of the key precautions to take:
2- Use condoms during sexual intercourse: this may be an obvious one but it’s often one people need to be reminded of. There will be times when you are in a moment of passion or intoxicated and there may be a temptation not to cover up, but these are the moments when you put yourself at unnecessary risk.
3- Get Vaccinated: there are vaccinations available which can dramatically reduce your risk of catching hepatitis A and B, and the human papillomavirus (HPV). You should approach your doctor a few months before you first Thai trip and ask for a course of vaccinations.
4- Get tested regularly: this may not prevent you catching STDs but knowing you have caught something early on greatly increases your ability to deal with it and stop it from spreading to others. As a rule, depending on how sexually active you are, you should get fully tested at least every 6-months to a year, or immediately after periods of intense sexual activity.
The majority of STDS can be treated with a simple course of antibiotics (such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis). While there’s no treatment to cure viral STDs such as HPV and genital herpes, there are medications which can control and prevent herpes outbreaks and any warts caused by HPV can be quickly treated and removed.
Catching more serious STDs such as HIV and Hep B early can also mean greater control. And while there are currently no cures, medical advances in the last decade mean that with the right care and treatment what were once dreaded terminal diseases can now be seen more as chronic and allow you to continue living a normal life. Again, the key here is knowing you have such diseases and catching them as early as possible. I really can’t stress enough the importance of getting regular STD check-ups.
Ignore the myths and horror stories and listen to common sense. There is no need to have any irrational fears. If you follow the above advice, you should remain safe. Obviously there are further precautions you can take by avoid sleeping with ladyboys who work in the sex industry and not mixing recreational drugs with sex.
No one is expecting you to live your life wrapped in cotton wool. There will always be an element of risk when having sex with a ladyboy (just as there is when having sex with a female), and that risk is slightly greater in Thailand. And significantly greater when having sex with ladyboys from bars and gogos.
But ultimately fate is still in your hands and it’s healthy to have a small fear of sexual diseases, just let it motivate you to taking the correct precautions, and not let it impact on the fun and adventure you can have.
Posted on Gods of Thailand November 7, 2014 in