LGBT Foundation, in partnership with MAC AIDs Fund, have developed “Play Packs” for gay, bi and other men who have sex with men, specifically for people taking part in group sex, and for people who are engaging in chemsex.
They are in sent in normal envelopes, and the box is all black, on the outside, to make it discreet, and they are completely free.
What is inside?
Our play packs are filled with all kinds of things to make sure that you can have safer, more enjoyable sex.
Condoms and sachets of lube:
You can put these latex condoms on to your penis, your partner’s penis, or on sex toys, and this will reduce the chance of passing on STIs. Condoms can also be turned into dental dams which can act as a barrier if you are rimming, or if you are having oral sex with someone who has a vagina.
Our sachets of lube are water-based, so they work well with latex condoms. Lube can make sex more pleasurable, and it will also reduce the risk of tearing the condom, or damaging the skin of you and your partners.
Fingering and Fisting Gloves
It is possible for people to transmit syphilis through fingering and fisting, so it is important to use fisting gloves so that there is no skin-to-skin contact.
Bottle of Lube
This lube can be used for fisting and fingering with the gloves, but it will also work with the condoms, as it is water-based. Lube is important during fisting and fingering, as it will make it more comfortable and enjoyable, and prevent tearing of the anus or vagina, and decrease risk of transmission of STIs.
Vibrating Cock Ring
This is designed to be put onto a penis or sex toy after a condom, and it would go to the bottom of the penis or sex toy. When using it on a penis, it should not be used for more than 20 minutes at a time, though you can remove it earlier if you start to feel any pain or discomfort. It can also be used all over the body.
You can use these wipes to clean sex toys between partners, though it is still important to use condoms over sex toys, and swap these between partners. They can also be used to clean hands and fingers, and on the body too.
Play packs also contain some information about our testing clinics, and about our drug and alcohol service, if you need it. They also have a feedback form which has a FREEPOST address where you can let us know what you like about the play pack. Send us your feedback, and you could win one of our Super Play Packs, filled with even more toys, condoms and lube.
Why would I want one?
Basicallty, Play Packs can help to make your sex more enjoyable, and to make it safer. They are designed for gay, bi and other men who have sex with men who are taking part in group sex or who are using chems during sex. For more info around chemsex, its risks and support services, please visit http://lgbt.foundation/chemsex.
Group sex activity can increase risk of HIV transmission, even if you only have sex with your partner, and they have sex with others. This is because there may be small amounts of blood, anal mucus or other bodily fluids that get carried over, so it is always important to change condoms between each new partner.
Group sex also increases the risk of getting other STIs. Some STIs, like syphilis, can also make it easier to become infected with HIV, as it can create a small, open sore.
This is important for people living with HIV too, as they are more likely to become infected with STIs, including Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea and hepatitis. Hepatitis is also more likely to have worse side effects in people living with HIV. If you have HIV and then get another STI, it can increase the viral load of HIV in your blood, cum and pre-cum, and your anal mucus. This can then increase the risk of you passing on HIV to others, though as long as your viral load is undetectable (cannot be picked up in tests), it is untransmittable (cannot be passed on to your sexual partners). For more information on what Undetectable = Untransmittable means, please visit (U=U website).
The use of chems during sex can also increase the risk of HIV and STI transmission. If you are under the influence of drugs you might find that you act differently, and do things that you would normally consider too risky. It is important to talk before you begin so that everyone involved knows what you want to do, and what you do not want to do.
Where can I get one from?
It is easiest to use our order form below, which is completely confidential
You can pick up a play pack in person from our office at 5 Richmond Street, Manchester, M1 3HF. You can also order one over the phone at 0345 3 30 30 30.
If we think that you have filled out the order form for someone else without their permission, or that when you have filled it out, you do not meet our criteria we will not complete the order.
For further information or details you can contact: firstname.lastname@example.org