How often do you have an HIV/STD check up

  • Matthew56

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    Sep 25, 2015 12:25 PM GMT
    Just wondering how often do you have the dreaded sexual health check up
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    Sep 25, 2015 1:36 PM GMT
    once a year, partner and or i think we are not cheating.

    the time interval should should really depend on the type of test available in your area and your frequent (or not) grinder activity.
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    Sep 25, 2015 5:02 PM GMT
    Used to do it as part of my annual physical and routine annual lab work... In addition to at the start of becoming 'active' with a new partner...

    But, since i've gone live-in and monogamous with my guy... I haven't gotten it since.
  • venue35

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    Sep 25, 2015 7:35 PM GMT
    I had an hiv test a week ago and they tested me for hepatitis as well. All came out negative. What was really stupid though was that one of the guys who tested me has had sex with me before and i said hello to him and probably because he didnt want anyone to know about his sexuality he pretended to not know and remember me and his co worker was like this guy knows you why are you acting like you dont know him?? When i left i gave the girl a wink and she winked back..
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    Sep 25, 2015 7:39 PM GMT
    Every 30 days.
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    Sep 25, 2015 7:47 PM GMT
    We do it every time we have blood drawn for various medical purposes, several times a year, a complete panel that includes HIV and virtually all STDs. And we know each other's results, because we always visit our doctors together as the results are read, along with all other medical exam and test findings.
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    Sep 25, 2015 8:55 PM GMT
    3-4x a year.
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    Sep 25, 2015 8:57 PM GMT
    I know Im not under risk (or more like low risk) but every time i do it im scared as fuck specially when getting the results back icon_cool.gif I ussually get nervous the day before, i think what if...
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    Sep 26, 2015 12:06 AM GMT
    Radd saidEvery 30 days.
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    Sep 26, 2015 12:08 AM GMT
    Once a year for me as part of annual physical checkup. Though I think I'm low risk (no intercourse), I'm always scared of that small possibility. icon_cry.gificon_redface.gif
  • mystery905

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    Sep 26, 2015 2:05 AM GMT
    every year with my physical.

    P.S. Thanks OP for not creating another race thread icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 26, 2015 2:29 AM GMT
    I've posted here before, but I'll repeat why we always get the free HIV tests that are typically offered at gay prides and outdoor festivals. Despite getting tested by our own doctors several times a year during visits for other purposes.

    Most of these free tests at gay fests, parades or whatever, will give out stickers you can wear, saying you were tested. We want to display that so we can encourage others to do the same. We often have an exhibitors booth, so we're seeing a lot of the attendees over a day or 2.

    Second, we're curious what testing technology they're using. For our own information, and so we can inform others. Lately we've been given a blood draw, rather than a mouth swab, and you can see the chemical reaction performed in a small vessel instantly in front of you.

    But remember, this result represents your HIV status from approx. 3 months previous, not today. That's how long it takes for the blood markers to develop that these quick HIV tests detect. But you still could have been infected last week, and already be infectious to others, but the test wouldn't catch it. Which is why you need to keep testing regularly. And practice safe sex.
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    Sep 26, 2015 6:55 AM GMT
    Radd saidEvery 30 days.


    what..?? really… ??
    me every 3-6 months, active or not.
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    Sep 26, 2015 6:59 AM GMT
    Matthew56 saidJust wondering how often do you have the dreaded sexual health check up


    and why do you consider your sexual health to be dreaded? icon_confused.gif
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    Sep 26, 2015 3:30 PM GMT
    hairyandym said
    Radd saidEvery 30 days.


    what..?? really… ??
    me every 3-6 months, active or not.



    For the first three months of taking PrEP, they require you to get tested every 30 days to get your prescription refilled.
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    Sep 26, 2015 3:44 PM GMT
    hairyandym said
    Matthew56 saidJust wondering how often do you have the dreaded sexual health check up

    and why do you consider your sexual health to be dreaded? icon_confused.gif

    I'll let Matthew answer for himself. For me the first time the HIV test was done it was the fear of being given the bad news. I had been very active sexually. Although I had tried to be safe, I didn't know if I had succeeded.

    Well, it turned out I was negative. But as I was subsequently to learn, as I became more involved with HIV issues, the longer you wait to be tested the worse the consequences may become for you.

    If you're already poz then you are - that's not gonna go away by sticking your head in the sand. And you may be endangering others.

    Your best chance for dealing with it and having a long & normal life is to begin treatment early. The later you delay the worse it gets, and the worse your long-term prospects become. To me that's logical. Tough but logical.
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    Sep 26, 2015 10:44 PM GMT
    Every 3 - 6 months. Been doing that regularly for the last 19 years now andvhave always tested negative. It's tge only test I love failing. icon_biggrin.gif

    I choose to do it. I like being "in the know" about my body regardless of if sexually active or not. Currently inactive for a few years now but still good practice. It's a big weight off of me knowing that I'm doing right by myself and it leaves me guilt free. I'd personally hate it if I didn't know what was going on inside me. I'd also hate myself if I were to infect someone because of my own negligence.

    I wish more guys were proactive about their health from Day 1 instead of waiting til the last minute or after the fact when they're on treatment to then take a sudden interest in their own health. That is just irresponsible living.
  • ardeerd

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    Sep 27, 2015 6:10 AM GMT
    Every 3-6 months, depending on sexual activity.