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Hiv positive gay man lets point out the obvious and

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- HIV POSITIVE GAY MAN, AGED 45 - 54 Let’s point out the obvious and say that the only way to avoid any adverse consequences from tina is not to use it at all. However, some guys in our community have already made the decision to do so, and they are no less deserving of support. If people who use drugs feel free to openly discuss their recreational behaviour and their friends approach that behaviour without judgement, that honesty informs an ongoing dialogue. The opposite is a community who are using drugs, but are too ashamed to tell anyone and thus may not get the answers they need to do so in a safer way. The following chapter is by no means a how-to bible for using tina, but it does contain practical advice and information gathered from the community. One of the ways you can use tina in safer way is to help others stay safe, too.
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TURNING TINA CHAPTER 04 7 HOW CAN I USE TINA THE SAFEST WAY POSSIBLE PLANNING? Before you set off to party, try and set yourself some limits: DURATION How long would you like to party for? If you set off on a Friday night, do you want to be home by dawn VS home by Wednesday? COMEDOWN Remember that when you stop partying it isn’t the end – your comedown cycle (including difficulty sleeping, lack of appetite and mood alterations) can last several days, depending on your intake. Make sure your fridge is stocked. BUDGET How much are you willing to spend on this party session? Have you already spent your budget collecting your supplies? In 12 hours or more (or less!) you might want more, and now lack the self-control to say no. Set yourself a budget, and if you can remove temptation. Take out the cash you need for taxis etc. and leave your card at home. INTAKE METHOD Is tonight kicking off by smoking crystal? Once you start partying, you might be tempted to up your high and blast, or do a booty bump. Set yourself a limit on the intake method, as well as the amount. Share these limits with friends you can trust or your party partner(s). If you’re partying with someone and they’re trying to keep to a limit: help them, don’t try and persuade them to do the opposite just because you want to keep the party going. If someone says they’ve had enough, respect their decision just as you’d expect them to respect yours.
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TURNING TINA CHAPTER 04 8 I know that if I blast tina on an empty stomach, I am going to feel sick right away and be no use to anyone. If I’m going to blast for a second or third time in a session, I always take time to eat before I go again.’ - HIV POSITIVE GAY MAN, AGED 25 - 34 HOW CAN I USE TINA THE SAFEST WAY POSSIBLE EATING AND DRINKING? Whether you think you’re just off for a quick play or a number of days, eating enough pre-partying is vital. It’s important you kick off a session having eaten throughout the day. Trying to eat throughout your session too, especially if it goes past 8-12 hours.
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