Above: Image from FLUX: “A Clean Exchange.”
I enjoy your honesty and open discussion. I love barebacking! I know the risk of it and understand it’s consequences. How common are hep c and herpes and do cumdumps contract them?
If you’re a cumdump, you probably already have herpes. Although I haven’t experienced an outbreak yet, I probably have herpes. If you’re a sexually active MSM (man having sex with men), you probably have herpes already.
Herpes (oral and genital) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the world. Having herpes (oral and genital) is not a sign of irresponsibility, recklessness, or any other negative value judgment. It’s just a sign that you’re a sexually active adult.
According to the World Health Organization, two-thirds of the general population under 50 have herpes simplex virus type 1, or oral herpes. When WHO released this data a few years ago (I covered the release in Plus), they also revealed that their data suggests herpes simplex type 1, or oral herpes, is a common cause of genital herpes (herpes simplex virus type 2).
Both types of herpes are usually asymptomatic, which means most people don’t know they have either and never experience symptoms. Others may experience mild symptoms which never go recognized as herpes at all. I may have had herpes for years, but I’ve never been tested for it and have never had an outbreak. And until someone tells me I should worry about that (no one has), I’m going to go on living my life as a cumdump. There’s no cure for herpes, but being such a mild and common infection, I don’t lose sleep over it.
I have HIV — another incurable condition that isn’t worth living in fear over — and I don’t lose sleep over it either, not anymore. I fear cancer and getting gunned down by a lunatic with a gun, but not HIV. Educate yourself about how HIV is spread and treated, and learn about PrEP. If you’re routinely taking anonymous loads and are HIV-negative, PrEP is something you need to begin immediately.
Now, on to Hepatitis C. Hep C is more common among HIV-positive guys, particularly those of us into fisting, which is why I get tested for Hep C every time I get a routine STI/STD screening, which happens every three months (if I’m having a lot of sex, I go more frequently).
Hep C, or HCV, isn’t statistically higher among men who have sex with men, according to Positively Aware. The only population with a higher rate of HCV are those with HIV. Of all the people living with HCV in the United States (3.5 million), 25% of them have HIV.
The most common way Hep C is spread is through injection drugs and sharing needles, so don’t do that. A doctor once told me that Hep C is so commonly associated with drug use that when someone tests positive for it, it is assumed that they’ve been using injection drugs.
It’s easy for me (and others) to say, “Just don’t do injections drugs,” but as someone who knows the allure and reality of drugs and has my own rocky relationship with them, I must at least encourage you to not share needles and try to always use a clean needle every time. There are needle exchange programs in cities across the United States worth looking into if you’re pointing.
If you test positive for Hep C, keep in mind that the testing process is two-part. First, take an HCV antibody test. If the antibody test is positive, you should take a second HCV viral load test to confirm that you are chronically infected with HCV. You need to both because 1 in 4 people clear the virus within six months of infection naturally.
If you’re told, “You are positive for hepatitis C because you tested positive for the antibody test,” you should follow up with the question, “Are you sure? Did you confirm that antibody result with an HCV viral load?” If they didn’t do a viral load test, ask for one.
You didn’t ask me about HIV, but I’m going to touch on it again. If you’re HIV-positive, take your meds as they are prescribed (daily). This is how you can become undetectable and therefore unable to infect others.
If you’re being a cumdump, all this is important information. You should also do thorough research on your own about HIV, PrEP, TasP, herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and other STIs since your sex life is high risk for these infections. Without this knowledge, you’re making uninformed choices.
Taking anonymous loads is so much fun. It’s one of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday night. But you must be a smart slut. Do it with full awareness of the risks. I want you to be the best, healthiest cumdump ever.