'I sat down and told my parents, they both said they already knew. My mum found out the number of a local youth group and I have been going every week since'
There are gay saunas in most cities in the UK. Gay men go to saunas to meet other gay men and to relax and have sex. If you are thinking of going to a sauna there are a few things to think about beforehand:
Saunas tend to have rules, so ensure you are aware of them. You will be expected to keep your towel on in the public areas. If a guy is interested in you it will be obvious but don’t feel you have to have sex with someone just because they fancy you. If you don’t fancy them, don’t have sex with them. If you have any worries about your safety get a member of staff.
• in your locker
You may be tempted to drink or take drugs to boost your confidence but if you are under the influence you are more likely to make bad decisions and take risks. Pace yourself, take lots of breaks and drink lots of water.
One drug, GHB, has been in the news due to people collapsing in clubs and saunas after overdosing. This can leave you unconscious or cause a fit. Because of this some saunas now ban people found with GHB.
Things most likely to lead to passing out (or worse) are:
• Mixing GHB and alcohol
See our Drugfucked website for more information on GHB and other drugs.
This article was last reviewed on: 27/10/11
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