RealJock saidLeading HIV/AIDS organizations like the San Francisco AIDS Foundation recommend that sexually active men who have sex with men get tested for HIV every 6 months; more often for those who have higher-risk activities.
Do you get tested regularly? If so, how/where do you get your test? Please share your experiences with other RealJock members who may be worried about getting an HIV test.
Thanks for this thread, Chris.
We both get tested at least every 6 months, for HIV and a complete blood panel of STIs and other infectious diseases.
My partner & I are at zero risk for HIV. But we're involved with the HIV/AIDS community, encouraging others to test every 6 months. So we try to set an example.
We would be sending a conflicting message to the community if we said: "YOU get tested regularly, but we don't need to test ourselves, because we're low risk." Problem is, many guys will cop out and use the same excuse, that they're not at risk, either. Except in their case, it's actually denial and avoidance.
So I urge other guys to do the same thing: test for yourself, but also test for your friends and others you know. Encourage everyone to test with your own good example.