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Offline ab212

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Testing question
« on: December 25, 2007, 04:10:10 PM »
Hello all-
Thanks for all the hard work you do on this site---you provide a great service to many people!  I have a quick question about HIV exposure and testing.  I am a gay man who has been a little more promiscuous than I care to admit (20 or so partners in the past year).  I have NEVER had unprotected intercourse but have had a LOT of unprotected oral sex, both insertive and receptive.  Over the past two weeks, I've been ill with many non-specific symptoms including massively swollen lymph nodes.  I chalk this up to some random virus (I fly a lot and get exposed to God-knows-what in nasty airplane air) but the experience with ARS-like symptoms has made me wonder whether I should be testing for HIV more than once a year since I tend to rack up the sex partners.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!

Offline RapidRod

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Re: Testing question
« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2007, 04:59:40 PM »
Once a year is fine being over sexually active twice a year won't hurt you to have a complete STD panels, in your case, oral testing.

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Testing question
« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2007, 08:27:51 PM »
Other STDs are much more easily acquired than HIV. So getting that full STD panel done every six months would be a good idea. Since you're having symptoms now would be as good a time as any to do that although I still wouldn't consider this to be an HIV situation.

Getting a blow job is nil for risk as far as HIV is concerned. Giving one is more risky theoretically than in real  life.  The evidence supporting it as being a risk is not well documented and there is much more evidence including longterm studies that support it not being a risk. Plus your saliva contains naturally inhibitory elements against transmission. If you have poor oral care and ejaculation occurs orally there MIGHT be some greater risk. With regard to gving oral it comes down finally to deciding what level of risk you are willing to accept. 

Andy Velez

Offline ab212

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Re: Testing question
« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2007, 10:04:16 PM »
Thanks a lot for the info Rod and Andy.  I'm going to get an STD panel this week and try not to be so slutty.   ;D  Thanks again!


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