HIV Testing - Get It Done

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    Aug 16, 2009 1:15 PM GMT
    I don't want to harp on people, but a friend of mine finally got tested for HIV, even though I've been bugging him to do it for about a decade. The reason he got tested? He could no longer ignore the symptoms he was having. Now he has full blown HIV and his health is deterioriating fast.

    Take my advice and don't wait. I just got tested myself. If you want to do it in the comfort of your home, there's a service you can call that provides 24/7 same day testing in your home. You'll have the results in about 20 minutes. Once you have the results in hand, you can get on a treatment plan if needed. In my case, I tested negative and now I have the peace of mind that comes with knowing this.

    If you want the number for the mobile testing, it is 866-945-3515. It's only available in certain metropolitan areas and only within the United States.

    Get tested. Good luck! icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 16, 2009 1:18 PM GMT
    Thanks for posting this. As you said, if you test postive, you can begin the proper treatment. If negative, then you have peace of mind.

    And get tested again 6 months later.
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    Aug 16, 2009 7:43 PM GMT
    id never get tested im way way to scared toicon_sad.gif
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    Aug 16, 2009 11:47 PM GMT
    musclejock18 saidid never get tested im way way to scared toicon_sad.gif


    Well, if you practice safe sex, it doesn'st matter what "status" you are, or the other guy...... just assume everyone is positive...............and have a good time............
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    Aug 16, 2009 11:51 PM GMT
    Got tested. Last week. I'm all negative! Not even syphilis!

    Slapjack that sucks about your friend. I feel like HIV is officially escaped under the radars. Someone even told me half of people infected with HIV are under 25. Not sure where she pulled that stat from, but I can believe it.


    musclejock18 saidid never get tested im way way to scared toicon_sad.gif

    Good to know. I'll make sure to add you on to my "do not have sex with" list.
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    Aug 17, 2009 12:18 AM GMT
    It is much much scarier to walk around every day wondering if you are or aren't, thinking back to the time of possible exposure, distracting you many times during the day, thinking about what will happen. Get tested and you will see the weight lifted from simply knowing; whether positive or negative. If negative then you'll go on with your life. If you're positive, you'll do what's needed next to take care of your health, and go on with the rest of your life. It can do some psychological damage if you hold off. You'll forget what it's like to be worry free.
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    Aug 17, 2009 12:22 AM GMT
    musclejock18 saidid never get tested im way way to scared toicon_sad.gif


    If you had safe sex 'always' rather than 'sometimes', you wouldn't be as scared.
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    Aug 17, 2009 12:32 AM GMT
    Anyone notice how it gets easier to get tested each time?

    I'm still a few months out from my full STI screening, but I had my last HIV/AIDS test done in mid July. Still negative icon_smile.gif.
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    Aug 17, 2009 12:51 AM GMT
    GwgTrunks saidAnyone notice how it gets easier to get tested each time?


    I'm a HUGE hypochondriac so I remain terrified throughout, tested negative in May and I go every 3-6 months. Pushing it? Maybe. But I'd rather be safe than sorry, even if I am always safe. icon_eek.gif Someone slap me to my senses!
  • somedaytoo

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    Aug 17, 2009 12:56 AM GMT
    Just got my results a few days ago. NEGATIVE and happy icon_smile.gif
    Thanks for the Public Service Announcement. I hope it will move others to get tested. You can't agrue that it's the responsable thing to do.
  • bigguysf

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    Aug 17, 2009 1:24 AM GMT
    Being scared, though a legitimate emotion, is acting from a place of fear. We are almost always fearful when there is lack of knowledge and information. So I don't say this as any type of militant or anything...
    ARM YOURSELF WITH KNOWLEDGE! The knowledge of your status, and behavior that you can have fun engaging in that will support your status. I have been getting tested since the late 80's, and also very sexually active. And there is something to be said for really knowing that I have engaged in alot of sex responsibly while still maintaining a negative status. I don't have fear when I go in for testing because I know that if I continue to make the choices I have made it'll be okay.

    Just recently had a bit of an exposure scare and still wanted to get testing done so that I would have information in order to help me make good choices in case my status changed.

    In this age of easy rapid result testing, effective meds with fewer side effects, and better overall management of HIV/Aids status, there is no reason to be too scared to take control of your life.
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    Aug 17, 2009 1:38 AM GMT
    I just got tested this month. It's always on my top priority but I'm scared to do it. Now I'm just happy I'm negative even from Hepatitis.
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    Aug 17, 2009 1:54 AM GMT
    i get tested every six months- i've had no fear doing the test

    still negative.
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    Aug 17, 2009 2:13 AM GMT
    I agree with most of the comments here, but don't understand the part of pressuring people to get tested. Testing should be a personal decison.

    If you assume any casual sex partner is HIV positive, then their status or whether they got tested should be irrelevant. Practice safe sex with all your partners and you should be fine. It's also a game of numbers. The fewer partners you have, the better.

    The whole testing every 6 months trend seems a bit odd. If you practice safe sex, you could hypothetically test every 5 years. The 6 month figure is more relevant when you have a legitimate HIV concern.
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    Aug 17, 2009 2:28 AM GMT
    musclejock18 saidid never get tested im way way to scared toicon_sad.gif


    Wow... You FUCKING RETARD, wow.

    I am in part responding to your previously out-of-touch and self-aggrandizing posts proclaiming your immaculate looks, when someone was discussing interactions of good-looking people versus not.

    Back then, I thought to myself, this guy is a total douche.

    But, I realized now, you are not only completely self-absorbed, you are DANGEROUSLY STUPID.

    And, thus, because of people like you, we have the worst pandemic in human history potentiality spreading EVEN further.

    It really amazes me, how great the real dangers of stupidity are...

    Super.

    (... btw, I originally just wanted to write "Fucking retard", but I have a feeling it would have gone over his head.)

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    Aug 17, 2009 2:37 AM GMT
    MotorBrett, that seems a bit out of line. All MuscleJock18 said was that he's scared to get tested. He's 22, even older guys are scared of these things.

    People that have unprotected casual sex help spread HIV. Not people who refuse to get tested.
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    Aug 17, 2009 2:42 AM GMT
    Just felt like sharing, but as I was at the hospital last night choking to death on a fried chicken breast bone (that's what I get for consuming foods cooked in partially hydrogenated oils) I was tested. After being tended to I waited for the results and gave some heavy thought to how difficult it could possibly be for someone to get and tell a perfect stranger he or she is hiv positive. Any doctors or nurses that could elaborate on that? At any rate I'm - (insert happy dance here)
  • MotorBrett

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    Aug 17, 2009 2:52 AM GMT
    SeaSon saidMotorBrett, that seems a bit out of line. All MuscleJock18 said was that he's scared to get tested. He's 22, even older guys are scared of these things.

    People that have casual sex without condoms help spread HIV. Not people who refuse to get tested.


    So you're defending the stance that fear of repercussions is better than knowledgeably acting with regards towards your health and that of others?

    I disagree. And yeah, I may have been harsh, but lets be blunt. Life is harsh, and untreated HIV is far more so.

    Know your status, and act accordingly.

    I don't care if you're 22. Ignorance isn't bliss with this one.
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    Aug 17, 2009 3:20 AM GMT
    I am such a hypochondriac that I wonder if there is such a thing as "safe sex"... I mean, these days you have to assume everyone is positive... and if you so much as blow them... then technically you're at risk.

    Safe sex is almost like this mysterious thing.... does it REALLY mean you put a condom on when you blow them? lol. That's what the doctor would say. What do you all think? What does safe sex mean to you? What should it mean??

    Am I wigging out too much? There seems to be some controversy around if HIV is relatively easy ... or relatively hard to contract....

    Maybe its because I'm supposed to get my results tomorrow...

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    Aug 17, 2009 3:51 AM GMT
    Yeah, but guys, you're missing the point. Being responsible is having safe sex. Knowing your status is only relevant if you're planning to stop using condoms (ie in a monogamous relationship). People who do test positive go through a lot of emotional stress, even though physically they could be healthy for another 10 years. So, I can understand people who would rather remain ignorant, than get all stressed out now about something that may or may not happen in the future. It's a personal decision, unless they're putting someone else at risk.
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    Aug 17, 2009 3:53 AM GMT
    MotorBrett said
    musclejock18 saidid never get tested im way way to scared toicon_sad.gif


    Wow... You FUCKING RETARD, wow.

    I am in part responding to your previously out-of-touch and self-aggrandizing posts proclaiming your immaculate looks, when someone was discussing interactions of good-looking people versus not.

    Back then, I thought to myself, this guy is a total douche.

    But, I realized now, you are not only completely self-absorbed, you are DANGEROUSLY STUPID.

    And, thus, because of people like you, we have the worst pandemic in human history potentiality spreading EVEN further.

    It really amazes me, how great the real dangers of stupidity are...

    Super.

    (... btw, I originally just wanted to write "Fucking retard", but I have a feeling it would have gone over his head.)



    Well said. icon_wink.gif

    Oh hey Brett they let me back on this site. Third time's a charm! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 17, 2009 4:03 AM GMT
    It scares me to see how many guys out there do not use condoms. Not sure why you would risk everything for 15 minutes of pleasure. Wrap your shit up guys.
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    Aug 17, 2009 4:03 AM GMT
    Zbmw, there is no such thing as 100% safe sex. Life's full of risks and you can't walk around worrying all the time.

    Driving a car, eating sushi, taking a shower in a bathtub all carry risks. Worrying and stressing out over everything greatly increases your chance of cancer, which is more deadly statistically than HIV. So, you have to do what you can to avoid HIV infection, but there's no need to go crazy. Using condoms for anal and not letting a guy cum in your mouth should be enough.
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    Aug 17, 2009 4:04 AM GMT
    musclejock18 saidid never get tested im way way to scared toicon_sad.gif


    What are you afraid of?
    Afraid that you are infected and have been infecting countless others?
    Yeah it would suck to find out about that, huh
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    Aug 17, 2009 4:16 AM GMT
    I began being tested about 14 years ago when I found out my then boyfriend cheated on me and the guy he cheated with told me he was HIV+. I tested negative. My ex tested positive. I have been negative ever since and I get tested annually on my birthday each year. I don't get nervous now since I am past the known incubation period of the virus being dormant for up to 10 years. I use to be a basket case waiting on the results, even though I knew my chances were very unlikely to test positive. These days, there is absolutely no excuse not to know your status. And considering the number of partners you say you might have Musclejock, I would hate to think you would be involved in the scenario of someone coming to you telling you he is HIV+ after he slept with you. Get tested and play safe ALL THE TIME.