The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol

Barebacking Scared I Have AIDS

Here's a taste of what has to offer on this topic:

Why We Need to Re-Assess Barebacking, Stop the Stigma and Be Honest About the Risk

Bob Leahy As editor of a respected online magazine for people living with HIV , I made a choice, rightly or wrongly (probably the latter), so that in our magazine's first year or two we didn't cover barebacking. We thought it was too... Read more »
AIDS Survival Project

Interview with the Barebacker

Back in the summer of 2000, San Francisco HIV prevention volunteer Vincent Gaither, AKA Sister MaryMae Himm of the legendary Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, was "outed" as a barebacker by a group of California AIDS dissidents calling themselves ACT... Read more »
AIDS Project Los Angeles

Interview with a Barebacker

A documented case of transmission of resistant virus between two HIV-positive men, reported at the 7th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, prompted me to explore the issue of unprotected sex. The sexual phenomenon known in the... Read more »
Ask the Experts

guilty bareback sex

Dear Doc BobIt has been a little bit more than a week since I had unprotected receptive anal sex with a guy while on drugs. He did not cum in me. Two days later I told the story to a close friend, because I was really scared. And guess what: This...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Guilty Guy,I categorically disagree that there are innocent victims versus those who deserve to be HIV positive. I am no more guilty or innocent than any of the 43,000,000 folks currently cohabitating with the virus. None of us wanted it.I... Read more »

Why still bareback?

Hello Bob,I found out I was positive in January of this year. It has been a rough couple of months, but I have learned to live and accept it. Anyways, I am trying to re-enter the dating scene, but am very scared. Whenever I am online in chatrooms,...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Our HIV-prevention message is not as effective as it was two decades ago. There are many reasons for this. Young men today seem not to be as frightened of HIV as were MSM living in the pre-HAART era, and therefore may be more likely to engage in... Read more »


Years back I read an article where a doctor did a study on oral sex. Her findings were that it was absolutely not possible to become HIV+ from giving oral sex.The very next day an article I had read years before was released and said: "It is...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Conflicted,Yes, it's possible to acquire HIV from oral sex. See below.The physician who "believes" you are "likely safe" if you are topping (presumably bareback) is a total idiot. I'd fire him immediately and find... Read more »

undetectable bottom bareback can transmit?

i'm a gay detected hiv+ and have been undetectable 3 yrs. now since i take atripla. i am a bottom my question, is it possible to transmit my disease to HIV- (top) guy if he fuck me bareback?...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Yes it's theoretically possible depending on how vigorous sex is and whether any small rectal lining cuts occur where blood or secretions could be passed to another person. And of course condom use would essentially eliminate the possibility.... Read more »
Connect With Others

Barebacking may lead to re-infection

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Super-infection may slow development of AIDS vaccine
Barebacking may lead to re-infection, multiple strains of disease, researchers discover

ATLANTA -- The ability of HIV to develop multiple strains has ignited concerns among some AIDS researchers... Read more »

Is barebacking safe?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I have heard that barbacking is not as high risk as it use to be and that getting hiv is no big deal as they now hav meds that keep it under control. I'm 17 years old and my friends at skool don't even care about hiv so why should I?

Read more »

No Barebacking!

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Barebacking is what caused me to be HIV positive and men need to know this and I have not had a lot of sex!
I caught HIV from one partner! Read more »

Why do guys still bareback ???????

Posted by redribbon
Ive been viewing a few shat sites for guys with HIV. I am shocked to see how many of them are seeking bareback sex. While I am no prude I wonder if if they realise the risk of refection with a resistant strain of HIV which could compromise... Read more »