Do you get tested regularly?

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    Jul 10, 2011 5:04 PM GMT
    You know what's really scary...

    getting tested every 6 months isn't enough if you are sexually active with different partners. You could be putting other's in jeopardy if you aren't regularly getting tested on a weekly/monthly basis. Do any of you who sleep around (4+ different partners a month) get tested every week/month? It seems like the standard is every 6-12 months that guys get tested. It just doesn't seem like enough at all.
  • suedeheadscot

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    Jul 10, 2011 6:34 PM GMT
    Erm...if anyone is discussing this topic, aye I do. Even though I always use protection and minimise the risks of oral, peace of mind is a wonderful thing.
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    Jul 10, 2011 7:06 PM GMT
    JoeyJoe saidYou know what's really scary...

    getting tested every 6 months isn't enough if you are sexually active with different partners. You could be putting other's in jeopardy if you aren't regularly getting tested on a weekly/monthly basis. Do any of you who sleep around (4+ different partners a month) get tested every week/month? It seems like the standard is every 6-12 months that guys get tested. It just doesn't seem like enough at all.


    Albeit one is still HIV- I have no need to; because of the way one conducts themselves in daily living.
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    Jul 10, 2011 9:29 PM GMT
    Absolutely.

    I don't sleep around (nor did I ever, really. I was lucky to have one partner every four months :-p).

    My partner and I have been monogamous for over a year now, but we're still getting tested every six or so months.
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    Jul 10, 2011 10:05 PM GMT
    I haven't had sex in three years and the last man I was with, I was with for 10 years and I still get tested regularly!
  • charmr

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    Jul 10, 2011 10:49 PM GMT
    Actually there is not much point in getting tested more often than semi-annually. If you are infected, it will not show up in a test for about six months. So you are only testing the position you had six months ago. The test show s nothing of an infection you may have acquired in the LAST six months! So test yourselves every week -- or every month --- if it makes you happy. But do yourselves a favor: don't trust anybody's representation that they are negative; that can only be "so far as I know" [unless he has been celibate for over six months and tested yesterday
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    Jul 10, 2011 11:52 PM GMT
    Anyone know why the OP would disappear or go hidden/deleted immediately after posting this thread?
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    Jul 21, 2011 9:15 AM GMT
    I think you guys are going off older information. Yes, the clinics do tell you that it takes up to six months to be sure, but something like more than 97% of people test positive by THREE months if infected. That's what poz.com, the body (depending on the risk), and medhelp said anyways. It was since months until the early 2000s, but since there are still people that have conditions/addictions that can take people longer to sero-convert the clinics always say six months.

    When I had a scare from a condom slippage and ran to the ER, the doctor(who refused to give me the Post-exposure Prophylaxis) told me to follow up at the health department in about 6 weeks to make sure I was okay. I guess different doctors go by different times (6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, etc).
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    Jul 21, 2011 9:59 AM GMT
    every 6 months.