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No, not your computer! You don’t need me to tell you that

Dave read yesterday’s post ‘Passing on the Knowledge’, and comments ‘ You make it sound like we have constant orgies’… not exactly my intention, but within our group of dear and trusted friends which we still call Tuan Jie, we do enjoy barebacking in the knowledge that all are 100% safe.

Which does not mean that we are not extremely careful. Like most gay boys, we do from time to time, erm, ‘accept’ other guys orally. Yeah, well OK. This does come with a small risk – not HIV usually, but other stuff. Other STDs. Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

By an extraordinary coincidence, yesterday I caught a medical programme on BBC Radio 4 (public radio here in UK) which covered exactly this topic in respect of gay men. Yep, you get this stuff in UK at four in the afternoon!

We have been extremely lucky within our largely gay private gym in Oak Ridge TN to have a doctor as a member, gay himself but largely celebate, who takes it upon himself to dispense not only advice but also largely free medical care and attention. We all owe him a great deal. He insisted that all of us who, shall we say, indulge’, accepted a number of injections. Basically against things that can be transmitted orally as well as anally.

And they’re nasty.

So we told our local two gay boys in our Welsh hideaway all about those too, and I think that they went away very thoughtful.

This beastie here is the Human Papillomavirus. It causes genital warts from any genital contact with an infected person. If ingested orally it can cause throat cancer, the onset of which is often delayed for years until it creeps up on you when you probably forgot the brief moment of pleasure which accompanied your getting it. If the intake is anal (condom-free gay sex with an infected person) then the cancers affect the lower end of the alimentary canal.

None of this stuff is any sort of fun and you do not want to go there.

Just to finally make the point, a bad case of genital warts:

 I could also go on here about Herpes, Hepatitus B and so forth. But I won’t. I hope that the message is clear.

At no time is this blog, or anything in my books ‘Loving the Boy’ and ‘The Power of Love’ intended to suggest that you should be anything other than ultra cautious in respect of sexual activity, gay or straight. The ladies can get all these horrors too, and cervical cancer thrown in for good measure.

Play safe, play happy.

The earlier you go and ask for the injections, the better.


And now for something more cheerful and more in keeping with our usual posts:

Happiness with your partner, and no worries:

I’m not entirely happy with the use of a tombstone in that second image for enjoying one’s partner, but perhaps there is a dark symbolism there which you can now go figure for yourselves. No disrespect to the Church or anyone else intended in my posting that picture.

Work hard, play hard, love each other and care for him. Really care. You know what I mean, I hope. Take the advice. You owe it to him.

About tonycavanagh

Born Northampton UK; school Oxford UK and Oak Ridge Tennessee, where I met my wonderful partner Dave, also from UK. Oak Ridge is our main training base for acrobatics and circus stuff, but we also established a base in Wales (UK) to serve us when we are working in Europe. Our 'story', of finding gay love, learning the acrobatics trade and then of how we got shot at during our show (and worse was to follow - just to prove that the risks of being an acrobat are not always the most obvious ones!) are now available in my three books 'Loving the Boy', 'The Power of Love' and 'Against All Odds'. Links available on most blog posts. Actually, waiting for the imminent arrival of the first printed copies was far scarier than anything we do in performance. A fourth book - not about us but exploring the sadness of a gay Native American boy denied his true identity - is currently with an agent for evaluation. watch for 'Let The Future Find Me' in due time. And now to book five... another boy, another quest... seems its always boys...
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