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The following section is advice especially for men working in the sex industry and includes information on drugs, sexual health and staying safe.
Just because you’re a man, this does not mean you don’t need to think about safety. If you are worried about anything – whether it’s related to work or not – please give one of our specially trained advisors a call and arrange a one-on-one appointment.
As a male sex worker – especially if you’re a man who has sex with other men – you may encounter different party drugs. They can lower your inhibitions and influence the decisions you make, for example, whether to use a condom or not. The loss of control could also put you in physical danger from a client, as well as the risk of overdosing. We know that often it is easier said than done, but we do advise you to avoid taking drugs while working.
Here’s what you need to know:
GHB: Also known as G or GBL is a liquid drug that you drink. It increases the desire for sex and lowers inhibitions. It is physically addictive and has withdrawal symptoms including anxiety, hallucinations, panic attacks and, in some cases, respiratory collapse. It is easy to overdose on GHB as the strength varies with each bottle, meaning you could take too much without knowing.
Crystal Meth: Also known as Tina or meth. It can be smoked through a pipe, snorted, injected or eaten. It makes you feel horny, compulsive and lowers your inhibitions. It can keep you awake for hours, which means hallucinations can occur over time. Withdrawal symptoms can include insomnia, short-lived psychosis, mood swings, depression and it can affect your immune system.
Mephedrone: Also known as Meow Meow or meph. It is a powder that you smoke or swallow and some people have started injecting it (which is called ‘slamming’). It can make you feel excited and energetic and keeps you awake. The comedowns from mephedrone are very hard and it can take a long time until you feel normal again.
If you find that you need to get high while working, then sex work is probably not the right job for you. Please give us a call and we can help and advise you on a new path. Some male sex workers find that their dependence on drugs means they end up trading sex for their next high. If this sounds like you, please call us.
Douching – cleaning yourself out with water – may be part of your hygiene routine if you want to stay stay clean for your clients. However, douching can cause small abrasions which could leave you vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV, so we recommend not douching just before sex if possible.
Last review: 25/09/2014
Next review: 25/09/2017