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The Body: Rick Sowadsky M.S.P.H., C.D.S, Answers to Safe Sex Questions
Jan 7, 1997
Are there really people who live such well ordered lives that there are no exceptions to incorrect behavior unless they are on drugs or alcohol?
| Response from Mr. Sowadsky
Hi. Thank you for your question. People vary widely in their behaviors. Some people practice abstinence and celibacy. Others will only have sex with people who have tested negative for HIV (after 6 months). Others will only have sex with people who have never put themselves at risk of infection. Some people diligently practice safer sex. Others occasionally practice safer sex, and occasionally practice high risk sex. Others always practice high risk sex.
Some IV drug users always use clean, sterile needles. Others do so only occasionally. And other IV drug users never use clean, sterile needles.
There are those people who, in all truth, never put themselves at risk for HIV. There are others that routinely put themselves at risk. And then there's everybody else, who falls somewhere in-between. The point I am trying to make here is that the levels of risk people put themselves at, vary tremendously. It is my position to give people the facts that they need to protect themselves. Beyond that, it is up to each individual to protect themselves. However, we must take responsibility for all of our own actions. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide).
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