I just have to ask the question... is it truly worth risking your health and well-being for this?
I really don't think anyone wants to become a statistic
Here is a quote describing the prevalence of HIV in the U.S.:
"During 2009, there were an estimated 42,959 new diagnoses of HIV infection in the 40 states and five dependent areas. Adult or adolescent males accounted for three-quarters of new HIV diagnoses. The main transmission route among males was male-to-male sexual contact (74%), followed by heterosexual contact (14%) and injecting drug use (8%). Among female adult and adolescents, 84.9% were infected through heterosexual contact and 14.8% through injecting drug use."
Compare that with the incidence of HIV infection in Central Europe:
"There were a total of 1,612 HIV diagnoses in Central Europe in 2009. Of these diagnoses, 17% were in individuals aged 15 to 24 years old and 20% were female. Of those infections where the transmission route was known:
* 44% were exposed through male-to-male sexual contact;
* 34% were acquired through heterosexual contact;
* and 9% were due to injecting drug use."
I would venture to say that the huge marginal difference between MSM incidence of HIV in the US vs Europe is largely due to the ridiculous difference there is in STD and safer sex education. If you have multiple sex partners and do not practice safe sex 100% of the time, statistically speaking you will probably end up with some sort of STD, whether it be ghonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, haemophilus ducreyi, some sort of UTI, or even the lifelong partners like genital warts (HPV), oral herpes (HSV-1), genital herpes (HSV-2), and/or many others...http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/docs/FastFacts-MSM-FINAL508COMP.pdf
"Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM)1 represent approximately 2% of the US population, yet are the population most severely affected by HIV and are the only risk group in which new HIV infections have been increasing steadily since the early 1990s ... At the end of 2006, more than half (53%) of all people living with HIV in the United States were MSM or MSM-IDU ... Since the beginning of the US epidemic, MSM have consistently represented the largest percentage of persons diagnosed with AIDS and persons with an AIDS diagnosis who have died." - http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/msm/index.htmhttp://www.avert.org/young-gay-men.htm
I find this to be the most disturbing of all:"... of those infected ... 44% were not aware of the fact..." http://www.medpagetoday.com/HIVAIDS/HIVAIDS/22381
What's even more terrifying, is I've seen statistics that vary describing gay population of Washington D.C. as being anywhere from 25% to 50% HIV+, that's 1/4 to 1/2 of the gay men you would meet if you visited Washington D.C..
When it comes down to it, it is your decision to make. I just hope for your sake, you don't end up regretting it.