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sex workers?
      #96304 - 04/22/04 09:33 PM

Since retiring and being single. devorced for10 years.Me and a couple of budys travel to mexico and thailand and costa rica a few times a year. While in these countrys while relaxing we sometimes play on the wild side with some of the women. We always use protection but recently one of my friends I go with got real sick afterwords and got tested 3 months later for hiv and was negative he has been doing this type of stuff for 20 +years.Even though I know myself it is risky and probably stupid I enjoy doing this. My question is in the last say 3 years I have been with 30 women always protected and realy never remember anything happening to the condom are my % for gettin HIV still low or High.Should I get tested. The somewhat weird thing to me is that 2 of my friends have been doing this for almost 20 years and have both been tested neg--and they have been with 10x the women I have. thank you for your support

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Re: sex workers? new
      #96355 - 04/23/04 08:49 AM

First of all, enjoying sex isn't stupid. As a fellow human, it's something we were all meant to enjoy. And most importantly, you are enjoying it safely. If you are sexually active, but consistently practice safer sex, you only need to test once per year. Since it sounds like you have never been tested before, please correct me if I'm wrong, then I would suggest going in for a full STI workup including a HIV test. I really do not see any reason for you to be concerned though. A properly used latex condom prevents the transmission of HIV and other STI's. So no, I wouldn't say you were at high risk at all since you always used protection. Even to say that you are at a low risk level would be stretching it since you said that you don't ever remember anything happening to your condoms. Go in and get tested, you'll feel better.

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Re: sex workers? new
      #96936 - 04/28/04 06:05 PM

I agree.

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