Sex workers

The services of sex workers are used countless times every day in Switzerland. Many clients want to have unprotected sex, and are also willing to pay more for it. That's why it's essential to stick to the safer sex rules.

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What should I keep in mind when I go to a sex worker?

Follow the safer sex rules and make very clear agreements about protection. It's vital to use condoms and/or dental dams (small, thin latex sheets used for oral sex) for every sexual contact. Condoms offer a very high level of protection against HIV, and will also protect you well against other STIs. However, even if you follow the safer sex rules, you might still become infected with syphilis, gonorrhoea, or chlamydia, etc. That's nothing to be ashamed of, as most STIs respond well to treatment if they are detected in good time.

I visited a prostitute and we had unprotected sex. Now I’m worried that I might be infected. What can I do?

If it was a definite risk situation, then the infection can be prevented by an HIV emergency treatment, the so-called HIV post-exposure prophylaxis (also known as HIV-PEP). In any case the HIV-PEP medication must begin within 48 hours of exposure, the earlier the better. Call a HIV-PEP emergency number in order to find out if a HIV-PEP is applicable in your case. Until investigations have been carried out, a condom must be used to protect your sexual partners from infection.

I had anal sex with a male prostitute and the condom tore. What can I do now?

Anal sex without a condom or with a condom failure carries the highest risk of infection with HIV or another STI. It's therefore important that you go to a Checkpoint in your area as soon as possible, or get in touch with an HIV PEP emergency unit. Treatment must start within 48 hours of exposure, and the earlier the better, to prevent your becoming infected with HIV.

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