Shigella is a gut infection that can be easily passed on sexually or through contaminated food and water. Transmission occurs when even microscopic amounts of infected shit get into the mouth from fingers, rimming, fucking, or handling used sex toys.

Symptoms can include diarrhoea, stomach cramps, nausea and fever. These can show up within several hours of exposure and can be severe — particularly in guys who are HIV positive. Treatment is with antibiotics.

The most effective way to prevent infection is to use gloves for arseplay and to always wash your hands with soap and water after handling used condoms, toys or after sex — especially if it involves arse play.

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