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Re: Protected Sex with an Escort
      11/12/00 07:34 AM

Friend,

I think you are FINE. I have also posted similar questions and I have also been in the company of escorts in the past 7 years or so of my life. Many men do it for many reasons, but that is another topic.

SO-

1-You used a condom and it did not fail..This is GREAT. The virus needs to to have access to the bloodstream. Do not worry about the virus getting thorugh some unprotected skin, the virus, as long as the skin is unbroken and their are no open sores, cannot penetrate skin.

2-The chances of getting infected using a condom, and it did not fail are so unlikely, that I don't think it has ever even been measured. There are studies that speak to discordant couples ( one +, the other -), and with 100% consistent use of the condom none became infected. Many escorts, insist onusing condoms, and there have been studies thst find that escorts ( sex workers) do not have a higher than normal level of HIV infection. Ryan Kull, who runs a message board on this system speaks to that. I suspect that street walkers who are drug addicted are the riskiest group. I am attaching his thoughs on that.

3-I also worry all the time about becoming infected, but am to damn scared to take a test..thats my curse in life.

4-I KNOW symptoms in many cases are caused by stress, and right now there has been a cold going around. Try to not relate symptoms to HIV infection. It is NOT a reliable way to decide anything.

5-There have been other posts that I think you should read, some by me an some by others in the last 60 days on this same topic..go and read them!

Hope this helps...If you would like to talk more..post again..

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Hi Ryan,

First and foremost, keep up the great work - the level of detail that your go into in your responses is greatly appreciated!! I have a tremendous amount of anxiety about the following issue/question: 1) In response to "using a condom..but" (dated 9/20/00) you state that there are many myths/misconceptions about sex with prostitutes -- can you please go into a little more detail regarding these myths and misconceptions?

Ryan Kull's Response:

The word "prostitute" often conjures up negative, stereotypical images that cannot be applied to a whole group of people (whom I'll call sex workers from now on). Sex workers vary in gender, socioeconomic background, race, education, sexual orientation, as do their individual behaviors and personalities. There are many sex workers with whom I've talked who actually use condoms very consistently for most, if not all, sexual activity (I'm referring to oral sex). Additionally, sex workers in certain studies had lower rates of condom failure than the general population. While there is an increased risk of sex workers coming into contact with STDs, this information would suggest that many sex workers can and do protect themselves.
From working on this forum, I've observed an interesting pattern. People frequently report low-risk sex with "prostitutes" and express inappropriately high levels of anxiety. I think the disease anxiety and guilt people experience after a safe encounter with a sex worker has more to do with unconsciously associating sex workers to disease than with the actual risks involved. The mind can really deceive us into thinking that we are at high risk when we are really not, and vice versa.
A condom used correctly with a sex worker provides the same protection that it would when used with a non-sex worker. The person's trade does not reduce the condom's effectiveness.
RMK






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