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Offline AznKid

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Testing questions
« on: November 18, 2006, 10:26:29 AM »
Hello, I'm new to this site and i have been reading the information and sometimes i find it conflicting based on information i was given in school and also from other websites. So basically, based on your information, knowledge and experience anyone that uses a latex condom that stays in place and intact has no reason to test? I have been sexually active for a few months now. I have always used condoms and water based lubes. I have never given oral without a condom. I do get oral without one. I'm usually the top partner (I'm gay) and I had multiple partners, always using condoms and never getting any liquids on to me or in me. So even though i had many partners (like 8 with many times with each) i should not test? I'm specifically refering to HIV testing i know other STDs need to be done at least once a year.

Thanks for the advice.

Sorry about posting on someone else's thread.
Tony

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Re: Testing questions
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2006, 12:21:30 PM »
AZ, you've pretty much got it right. As long as you consistently use condoms when having intercourse, whether as insertive or receptive, you are covered literally and figuratively as far as HIV is concerned. Condoms provide very effective protection.

When you do that annual or semi-annual STD panel we do recommend including HIV among the tests. The only absolutely safe sex is with your own hand. So just as a precaution if you are sexually active, testing for HIV and getting that happy negative result is a good idea.

Getting liquids "on you" is not a risk. And receiving oral is not a risk either. Giving oral is a very low risk. Whether, and if you feel you want to continue using condoms for that, well that's

It's good to read that you are behaving so responsibly for yourself and your partners.

Cheers,
« Last Edit: November 18, 2006, 12:36:12 PM by Andy Velez »
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Offline AznKid

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Re: Testing questions
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2006, 11:53:50 PM »
Thanks Andy for your help. I'm always careful, but with so much information out there oine gets confused and does know what to think.
Tony

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Testing questions
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2006, 08:53:50 AM »
It can be confusing and frustrating because there is much uninformed hogwash being dished out about HIV. The basics are pretty simple about transmission and testing, so if you get those lessons down, I'd say you will be well covered to deal HIV issues, AZ.

I'm glad you found the exchanges here to be helpful.

Cheers,
Andy Velez

 


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