Men at Risk

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Because of the high percentage of gay and bisexual men who are living with HIV, the risk of being exposed to HIV is increased for a gay or bisexual man.

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Choose less risky sexual behaviors. Receptive anal sex is the riskiest type of sex for getting HIV. Insertive anal sex topping is less risky for getting HIV than receptive anal sex bottoming. In general, there is little to no risk of getting or transmitting HIV from oral sex. Limit your number of sex partners. The more partners you have, the more likely you are to have a partner with poorly controlled HIV or to have a partner with a sexually transmitted disease STD.

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Both factors can increase the risk of HIV transmission. Use condoms correctly every time you have sex. Consider pre-exposure prophylaxis PrEP. Many people find it difficult to express their suicidal thoughts. Offer to accompany the person to the appointment.

Men at risk: how will we cope?

After the appointment, check that they raised the issue of suicide and ask what help they were offered. Help them follow through with the recommendations. In some situations the person may refuse to get help. You need to ensure that the appropriate people are aware of the situation. Do not shoulder this responsibility alone. Thoughts of suicide often return and when they do it is important for the person to again reach out and tell someone. Asking them to promise to do this makes it more likely that it will happen.

Encourage the person to promise to call you or Lifeline 13 11 14 if the suicidal thoughts return, and to do this before they harm themselves. It is difficult and emotionally draining to support someone who is suicidal, especially over an extended period. Thoughts of suicide do not easily disappear without the person at risk experiencing some change. Their situation, or their feelings about it, may change, or they may feel more supported and able to deal with it.

Men at Risk

In either situation, the continuing involvement of family and friends is very important. Below are some tips to ensure the person at risk continues to get the best help possible:. For immediate crisis intervention when life may be in danger ring the police on or go to your local hospital emergency department. Beyond Suicide Attempts booklet — information for parents, foster parents and guardians following the suicide attempt of a young person.

Katie Reply April 23, at pm. I have a friend who lives in another country who is suicidal.

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  • I have many problems here. Over time he has opened up a little to me and shared some of his problems. I do not give advice nor do I act as his therapist. I listen and support him. I remind him that his circumstances to not define who he is and that I do know what hopelessness and suicidal ideation feels like as I have been there myself. I have absolutely no idea what to say. Last night I tried to identify with him in hopes that he would continue talking. It does not have to be me. Bottom line: what do I do? So sometimes i feel like a doormat, but I try to not take it personally. Do I say something about this?

    When these episodes happen again what do I say? Your email address will not be published. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting. If you agree to these terms, please click here. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.

    Learn how your comment data is processed. Search for:. Men who have experienced child sexual abuse and suicidal thoughts Suicidal thoughts can be a recurring theme for some men who have experienced child sexual abuse or sexual assault. People at risk of suicide usually give clues by their behaviour.

    The jobs data released to BBC Scotland shows that of the 4, suicides in Scotland between and were in the skilled trades such as construction or engineering. Gary Macdonald, who helped to set up the Mind the Men peer support group in Glasgow in memory of his cousin Grant, an electrician who died from suicide, said he was not surprised by the figures.

    He said: "What has been interesting is the range of people who come through the door. We get everyone, rich and poor - mental health problems don't care how money you have in your wallet. Scotland has had a higher recorded suicide rate than the UK as a whole since the early s, although this may be due to the variation in recording practices. The Scottish government published its suicide prevention action plan in August last year and a National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group has been tasked with helping to implement the plan.

    If you or someone you know is struggling with issues raised by this story, find support through BBC Action Line. Image copyright Getty Images The type of job somebody does is a big factor in the risk of suicide, figures released to BBC Scotland show.