Always? How easily people use infinitives... but I can say to one degree or another I've practiced some form of making even a bareback one night stand "safer". When I did go through my fluzy phase, and was fucking every Tommy, Dick and John that tickled my fancy in the bar, I always had the bartender to aid me in my decision making process. He knew from the guy who this guy saw a few days, to a week before that this guy was either a virgin, clean, or just new to the gay clubs altogether. I have to say that I did use condoms during most of these encounters, but only ditched them when I had more reason to believe that the guy I was seeing that was clean. On top of that, I only had my first sexual encounter at 20 years old, by choice. So I knew that I was clean, and that made the senior bartender feel that he had to take a paternal role in our friendship.
But it wasn't long before I heard about this guy from another gay bar in town, who had gotten infected with HIV, and had passed it to a guy in circles that I never mingled with because I wasn't attracted other cocky guys. Then all the alarms in my head went off, almost like a delayed reaction of common sense and sudden fear mixed together. Now everytime, if any, that I had sex; I had a rubber, knew their background as much as I could get from people I knew, and I trusted my intuition...
Yeah, I've said "always" without thinking about, but not to intentionally make myself sound like a saint, or pass off a perfect reputation. I've said always before, because I've just gotten used to living a safe sex lifestyle - minus the monogamous relationships, and the STD testings that I did with all my long term partners after that.
It helps my cause that I haven't gone out and had sex since my last break up in November. I'm mostly looking for a long term exclusive relationship; which would pretty much mean safe sex would be the only sex I'd have. Unless the son of a bitch cheats on me with some tramp.
But as a last thought. You can't condemn the many for the actions of the few. Just because a few guys have either had their gaurd down drunk, have posted "always have safe sex" and lied, or because some others got infected by some other alternate method; doesn't mean that all guys who post that they have safe sex are lier. No excuse for either. Sure men are liers, when they feel it neccessary. Just like redheadguy felt it neccessary to through the "always safe" guys to the wolves. Theirs a need to fit in.
Now I practice safe because I want to fit into a group of guys who aren't prone to thinking their perfect, and immune to the imperfections of the world. Those same guys that accept that they too are weak to some point during the night, that they have to carry rubbers and lube with them, just in case. I don't want to think there is a guy out there whose completely perfect and not likely to make any mistakes. The last guy I knew like that got infected, and turned me into a safe sex lunatic in turn.
I don't know about you, but I'd rather make the mistake of putting "always" in place of "usually", in front of safe sex, than to put myself on a pedestal now, only to find out later that I'm not perfect and I too can make mistakes and get infected....