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Offline girliegirl

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Unprotected sex.
« on: October 21, 2013, 07:33:49 PM »
Hello, I shall try to give you as much detail as possible and I hope this is not information overload :)

I am a straight female, and only started browsing this site out of curiosity and desire for knowledge. But it has become known to me that perhaps I should be more aware of the deadly virus.

I have never had a HIV test, yet I acknowledge some risk behaviour. I mainly am seeking confirmation that these are real risks and that getting tested is not a waste of government money and people's time.

I have had several sexual partners, only one of whom I have used protection with (this is not wise, I know, but youth is foolish). One of my long term partners was a heavy IDU, and I am aware that he was certainly high risk. I have also slept with one male who I know to be particularly promiscuous, and several others whose HIV status I would not bet money on. As I said, I have not used protection and have had around 9 males finish inside me, within the last few years. Am I correct in believing, despite the limited sexual history of many of my partners, I am still at a high risk?

I am not sure if this is the correct forum but I shall ask anyway, what methods of testing are available in the UK?

I also commend you all on your bravery and the help you offer other members here, the few days I have spent browsing this forum has really taught me a lot and I think this community really is something special in its acceptance and openness.

GG xx :-*

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Re: Unprotected sex.
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2013, 07:44:16 PM »
The important thing here is you are taking responsibility for your sexual health and in doing so you can safely enjoy a healthy sex life without fear or risk to your health .

You can test at 6 weeks past any unprotected vaginal or anal sex and again at 3 months to confirm the results . You can test with a rapid oraquick test or the equivalent , you can ask your doctor or clinic to do the test for you so that you have support and information available .

If you aren't already having regular, routine check-ups, now is the time to start. As long as you make sure condoms are being used for intercourse, you can fully expect your routine hiv tests to return with negative results.

Don't forget to always get checked for all the other sexually transmitted infections as well, because they are MUCH easier to transmit than hiv. Some of the other STIs can be present with no obvious symptoms, so the only way to know for sure is to test.

Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, and you will avoid hiv infection. It really is that simple! .

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Re: Unprotected sex.
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2013, 07:10:08 AM »
Girl,

You need to stop putting people into risk categories. People are not high, low or no risk, ACTIVITIES are high or low or no risk. It's not WHO you do, it's HOW you do it. You need to assume anyone you have sexual relations with is potentially hiv positive and protect yourself accordingly by insisting that he wears a condom.

You have engaged in one of the highest sexual risks for hiv infection - unprotected receptive vaginal intercourse. The only higher risk is unprotected receptive anal intercourse, and it's higher due to the thinner nature of the rectal lining as compared to the vaginal lining.

Testing in the UK is done at GUM (genito-urinary medicine) clinics, which are found in most hospitals. Sometimes they are called by more modern names like "sexual health clinic" or even "wellness clinic". It all depends on your local Trust. Whoever answers the switchboard at your local hospital will know what you mean by GUM, even if the clinic has been rebranded.

Some GPs will also offer in-office rapid antibody tests. Ring your local hospital or your GP to find out where testing is available. Ideally, you should get a complete sexual health check up. Some STIs like chlamydia can be present with no obvious symptoms and can cause infertility if left untreated.

As Jeff mentioned, the earliest you should test is at six weeks past your last incident of unprotected vaginal (or anal) intercourse, regardless of with whom that happened. Provided your result is negative, you should confirm that result at three months.

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:

You need to be using condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, every time, no exceptions until such time as you are in a securely monogamous relationship where you have both tested for ALL sexually transmitted infections together.

To agree to have unprotected intercourse is to consent to the possibility of being infected with an STI. Sex without a condom lasts only a matter of minutes, but hiv is forever.

Have a look through the condom and lube links in my signature line so you can use condoms with confidence.

Anyone who is sexually active should be having a full sexual health care check-up, including but not limited to hiv testing, at least once a year and more often if unprotected intercourse occurs.

If you aren't already having regular, routine check-ups, now is the time to start. As long as you make sure condoms are being used for intercourse, you can fully expect your routine hiv tests to return with negative results.

Don't forget to always get checked for all the other sexually transmitted infections as well, because they are MUCH easier to transmit than hiv. Some of the other STIs can be present with no obvious symptoms, so the only way to know for sure is to test.

Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, and you will avoid hiv infection. It really is that simple!

Ann
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