Male sex workers
  • STIs
  • Working in prostitution

Working in prostitution

  • If you work in prostitution, you don’t want to get a sexually transmitted infection (STI). That is why it is important to know how to work safely!
  • Here you can find a few tips on safe sex.  There is also information about condoms and lubricants.  Always protect yourself!  Also a client who looks healthy and clean can have an STI!
  • In Belgium there are specific organizations for male sex workers in Antwerp and Brussels.
  1. Safe Sex
  2. Condoms
  3. Lubricants
  4. Broken condom
  5. Your body


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  1. Always carefully look at your client’s genitals to see if there are any sores or warts.  You can do this for instance by washing your client first.  Don’t take any risks if you see something and kindly show him the door.
  2. Always use a condom of good quality and put it on correctly.
  3. Use the correct kind and quantity of lubricant.
  4. Immediately remove the sperm and precum (pre-seminal fluid) that comes into contact with your skin during sex.  This helps you to prevent that the sperm or precum accidentally ends up in your anus, mouth or a wound.
  5. Cover all wounds you or your client may have with a plaster (Band-Aid).
  6. If you have given a massage with a greasy product (massage oil), make sure that you wash yourself and your client carefully with water and soap before having sex.


Safe sex

What is safe sex?

  • Safe sex means that you protect yourself and others against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).  
  • You can catch an STI by having unprotected contact between the vagina, penis, mouth or anus.  
  • If you always have safe sex, there is hardly any risk of catching an STI.  
  • During your work, clients will want to do all kind of different things.  Decide for yourself what you will and what you will not do.
  • Safe sex also means that you handle sex toys or extreme sex tools (such as needles) correctly.



  • There are condoms in various sizes, colours, shapes and tastes.  
  • Safe sex automatically includes a condom and lubricant.
  • A condom has to be put on when the penis is fully erect and will protect you against pregnancy and STIs.
  • For safe sex you need good information on condoms and lubricants.  
  • Not all condoms are adequate for safe sex and not all lubricants are the same.


Why do you need lubricant?

  • You should always use lots of lubricant for anal sex, because the anus itself doesn’t produce any fluid. 
  • The lubricant that may already be on the condom is never enough for anal sex. 
  • Without extra lubricant, anal sex is painful and there is a greater risk of the condom bursting.
  • The most common cause of a broken condom is friction.  
  • The more difficult it goes, the greater the risk of having a broken condom.
. By using a lubricant, the friction is reduced.  
  • The risk of a torn condom is considerably reduced.


Broken condom

If you work in prostitution you use a condom and lubricant.  
But still things can go wrong. 

  • A condom may burst or slip off.  
  • Such an incident or “a broken condom” is very annoying.  Stay calm and don’t panic.
  • If you regularly have a “broken condom”, try to find out why so that you can prevent this from happening in the future.