Getting tested for std and hiv

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    Nov 08, 2010 4:07 PM GMT
    I am curious as to how many of you guys get tested for hiv and other stds. Also do u get paranoid or nervous when u go. I know I get scared going and procrastinate till I get a buddy or juss nut up. Anyone else do this?
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    Nov 08, 2010 4:24 PM GMT
    Well, I don't have sex with anyone I don't know pretty well. All my hookup buddies and gals are good friends of mine. So I never get too worried and we always have safe sex but I still get tested at least once a month regardless of active or not. Also, after each time I'll get tested on top of the once a month test.
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    Nov 08, 2010 4:32 PM GMT
    Got mine about 3 months ago. First one ever and all in the clear. Kept thinking how such a life altering moment is so easily discovered by the amount of dots on a stick. I can't even fathom the emotions a person goes through when they discover they're positive for either stds or hiv.
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    Nov 08, 2010 5:09 PM GMT
    I normally get tested once a year but I normally only have sex like 3 times a year with the same person so I am not active but my friend story is wat gets me cause he was tested once and came up positive. So I get real nervous. I was nervous even when I was a a virgin I was paranoid. But, yea I try to stay on mines so I'm going prolly soon to get tested since this year I.have had sex 6 times.
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    Nov 08, 2010 10:02 PM GMT
    I believe as sexually active people in general are responsible for their own tests at least every six months.

    -This actually will stand in court too.

    Regardless, I minimum get tested for HIV at least every six months. It's practically free across the US. Why wouldn't you?
    Usually, I do HIV every three months.

    Other STDS, piece of cake. I know my body well enough to understand symptoms if they arise. I.E. My last sex partner was not a virgin and neither was I. So, automatically there's a huge chance we already both have HPV, end of story. Syphilis and Herpes are the real tricky ones. You can't really spread it without outbreak.

    I wish more people would just get educated on STDs.
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    Nov 08, 2010 10:07 PM GMT
    I get tested for HIV every 3 - 6 months. As for other STIs/STDs, I don't have health insurance, so it's not very often I get tested for those. And yes, no matter how often I go, I get paranoid about it. I think the only way I wouldn't get paranoid about it is if I just refrained from having sex altogether. And that's not gonna happen.
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    Nov 09, 2010 12:12 AM GMT
    yup, I get tested every year.

    One year about 2 or 3 years ago, I tested myself like 5 times in one year because I was paranoid, shit fucking scared me.

    I kept going back to get tested to quell my paranoia and hysteria. After like the 5th time I convinced myself I was indeed negative.


    Now, I do it like once, maybe twice a year if its free and anonymous.
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    Dec 03, 2010 2:51 PM GMT
    I got tested for the first time in August. Since then, I have taken 3 hiv test, and have been tested for chlamidya, syphillis, and gonorrhea. I am getting tested again in January or sooner (6 weeks mark is in a week, then will follow up at 12/13 weeks). I am a hypochondriac so I freak out everytime I deep kiss, get a blow job, or even have protected sex. I have had a condom slippage incident and it scared the hell out of me.

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    Dec 07, 2010 9:22 AM GMT
    I am also a hypo...don't really hook up, but I did. Nothing was alarming...again, I m just a hypo so I freaked myself out. Luckily, I just moved to Hollywood and there's a grand bulding that gives free hiv antibody/dna & std testing for free icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 07, 2010 9:26 AM GMT
    One can NEVER be to careful. It is important to go for regular testing. In fact I am due for a testing this week or next. I after talking with several guys, I have never been more shocked to know how many people do NOT use protection. It is scary. It's like playing with a loaded gun. People.. play safe! It's better to be safe than sorry.
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    Dec 07, 2010 10:39 AM GMT
    FreakTheBeat saidI am also a hypo...don't really hook up, but I did. Nothing was alarming...again, I m just a hypo so I freaked myself out. Luckily, I just moved to Hollywood and there's a grand bulding that gives free hiv antibody/dna & std testing for free icon_biggrin.gif

    I've pretty much stopped hooking up as well. I don't understand how men can just fuck and then forget like it never happened. I still meet people, but only around my age and the friendship I go out of my way to keep friendships platonic as possible.
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    Dec 07, 2010 1:11 PM GMT
    mnboy saidWell, I don't have sex with anyone I don't know pretty well. All my hookup buddies and gals are good friends of mine. So I never get too worried and we always have safe sex but I still get tested at least once a month regardless of active or not. Also, after each time I'll get tested on top of the once a month test.


    Once a month? Who does that for you? I think that's rather excessive.
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    Dec 07, 2010 2:49 PM GMT
    As I've written in other threads here, we both get tested regularly, every time we have a blood draw in connection with a visit to our GP doctor. Which means at least 4 times a year. We always request testing for HIV in addition to STDs.

    We're monogamous and not at risk, except possibly for hepatitis and some other infectious diseases that can be contracted non-sexually. Fortunately our doctor is an HIV/infectious disease specialist, her practice mostly HIV-poz men, our little insurance against the infections that can ravage older people. Plus she's the Medical Director of the SMART Ride down to Key West we do annually, and having our own doctor right there with us during those 2 days of hard work is more insurance.

    The only drawback is that other patients seeing us in her office waiting room erroneously conclude we're poz, too, and some rumors about it have gotten back to us. Well, that doesn't bother us, and people can think we're poz if they want -- we're not out cruising the bars anyway.

    Our motivation in getting tested is 2-fold: first, as a gesture to each other, that proves neither of us is cheating carelessly (nor cheating at all in reality, but still...). Both of us lost partners to AIDS through cheating, so we've been emotionally scarred, and know it can happen. And with mutual Health Care Surrogate papers on file with all our health care providers, our medical histories are an open-book to each other. We have no medical secrets from each other.

    Second, we work with the HIV community. We couldn't preach doing regular testing by others if we couldn't honestly say we did it ourselves. If we said we didn't test because we're a monogamous low-risk couple that would let half the guys off the hook, because everyone wants to believe they're low-risk themselves.

    There's only one standard, only one correct answer: EVERYONE gets tested regularly, period. Do it for yourself, do it for your lovers, do it for our community.
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    Dec 07, 2010 3:09 PM GMT
    I just got tested for HIV on Saturday.... still negative.
    I do it at the very very least at least once a year, and I get scared shitless every time, even though I do all the stuff one has to do to stay STD-free. I have not yet gone with a buddy when I have gotten tested, but I have gone with someone when they got tested. Oddly enough, in that case, it was a straight guy who was getting tested in Japan and I was interpreting for him.

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    Dec 07, 2010 3:11 PM GMT
    I already have HIV, but I incorporate a full STI panel every 3-4 months when I get my counts done. I don't have sexual contact very often, maybe 3-4 times a years, so I do get a little nervous especially about the prospect of catching syphilis.
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    Dec 07, 2010 9:12 PM GMT
    mnboy saidWell, I don't have sex with anyone I don't know pretty well. All my hookup buddies and gals are good friends of mine. So I never get too worried and we always have safe sex but I still get tested at least once a month regardless of active or not. Also, after each time I'll get tested on top of the once a month test.


    Completely obsessive and unrealistic, unless you are working as a BB escort or shooting regularly in BB porn.
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    Dec 07, 2010 9:18 PM GMT
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    mnboy saidWell, I don't have sex with anyone I don't know pretty well. All my hookup buddies and gals are good friends of mine. So I never get too worried and we always have safe sex but I still get tested at least once a month regardless of active or not. Also, after each time I'll get tested on top of the once a month test.


    Completely obsessive and unrealistic, unless you are working as a BB escort or shooting regularly in BB porn.


    Not to mention a waste of resources that are going into testing too. Those tests can be used on others.
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    Dec 07, 2010 9:21 PM GMT
    For STDs I get tested once a year with my annual physical and then HIV every 3-6 months. I just got my test result for HIV this Saturday and it was so nice to get the confirmation of being -ve.
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    Dec 07, 2010 9:23 PM GMT
    There is nothing to be nervous or get crazy about---most things are curable and you should go to a doctor right away with any symptoms that are abnormal. For HIV--even if you test positive (which is not a death sentence) , you should know right away so you can help save your t-cells as soon as possible. Every body is different and can reaact differently to HIV and how it attacks your defenses. That and you should know soon so you dont pass it on without knowing it. HIV does not kill you--other diseases do.
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    Dec 07, 2010 9:40 PM GMT
    I go roughly once every six months but then there are exceptions, like if I actually seem to be slipping into a relationship I'll go and get the all-clear. Someone on here said they go once a month - wow, I couldn't handle it.
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    Dec 07, 2010 9:47 PM GMT
    I'll be totally honest - I do not practice "safe sex" 100%; I do not get paranoid or nervous; & I have had 1 "close call" that I am fully-aware of (i.e.learned of guy's + status after an oral event...) - I have been getting tested at least every 6 months (mostly every 3, tho doc says not necessary for me) since early 2008, with several less-frequent tests in the years before that...always neg. for hiv, etc. I've only had the "rapid test" (saliva swab) once, back in 08...some say that is the better test, b/c the viral load test can detect other viruses - many "experts" disagree with that. Anyway, my 2 cents... :}
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    Dec 07, 2010 9:50 PM GMT
    I honeslty do it every 4 months - better to be safe than sorry.

    However, don't judge the fact I get it done every so often and assuming I have several partners. I perfer to be safe and be a role model for the youth.

    But, it does get nerve racking all the time!!! I hate waiting for results even though I know I'm 99.9% sure....it's that darn .01% that kills me!
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    Dec 07, 2010 9:55 PM GMT
    Getting tested is always scary even if u play safe there's always the what if. But I'm a believer in knowledge Is power. Getting tested has really become a part of life for me every 6 months or 3 depending on how active I am. It feels good knowing. And if you come out positive for something you can fight and or cure it depending what it is instead of letting it linger in hr body unattended doing damage
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    Dec 07, 2010 9:57 PM GMT
    nolaguy76 saidI'll be totally honest - I do not practice "safe sex" 100%; I do not get paranoid or nervous; & I have had 1 "close call" that I am fully-aware of (i.e.learned of guy's + status after an oral event...) - I have been getting tested at least every 6 months (mostly every 3, tho doc says not necessary for me) since early 2008, with several less-frequent tests in the years before that...always neg. for hiv, etc. I've only had the "rapid test" (saliva swab) once, back in 08...some say that is the better test, b/c the viral load test can detect other viruses - many "experts" disagree with that. Anyway, my 2 cents... :}

    Most of the experts I see online all say that the oral rapid tests are almost as accurate as the blood tests. The problem with the oral tests though is that they are a bit more likely to give a false positive I think.
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    Dec 07, 2010 9:58 PM GMT
    waxon saidGetting tested is always scary even if u play safe there's always the what if. But I'm a believer in knowledge Is power. Getting tested has really become a part of life for me every 6 months or 3 depending on how active I am. It feels good knowing. And if you come out positive for something you can fight and or cure it depending what it is instead of letting it linger in hr body unattended doing damage


    Exactly - knowing is half the battle icon_wink.gif ...I cannot imagine carrying something & not knowing, & "spreading good cheer"...or worse, having the knowledge & still spreading things (except the truth to those receiving)....yikes :