That is a great link. I suggest that everybody who visits this forum read it. It clearly explains the problem that 95% of the people who visit this forum have. I am putting it at the top of the forum. Thanks.
oh,ya i have read that one to its a good one i find it kind of funny yet reasureing that we all have read the same stuff and are all inthis together i talk with a counsiler from time to time and i asure u that there are a WHOLE lot more like us then u might think.
I know you are well intentioned but this link stinks! It is the typical fear-mongering type of information that you find across the board in medical information. To take one example, having unprotected vaginal intercourse with someone who's HIV status is unknown does expose one to a risk. But it is very, very far from high risk. Such sexual encounters have been calculated by some (though there's no accurate method) to be a 0.04 chance of infection from a single encounter, the same as receptive partner in fellatio. Now, I don't know you all think of as 'high risk,' but at my age I believe my risk for cancer to be much higher than that, but I'm not considered 'high risk' for cancer. We need numbers and we need to realistic acceptance of facts as they are. Let's face it, a heterosexual couple might get together as a couple and have sex with protection, at first. But chances are they're not going to use condoms all the time or simply give up on them. We all know this is common. Should they consider themselves 'high risk' then. After all, the boyfriend may have cheated on her with another woman who is high risk. It happens, though not very frequently. For vaginal sex amongst ordinary people, we just have not seen an epidemic of HIV that was feared. That probably means that if you are a typical heterosexual male in the U.S., your risk of HIV is not something to waste your time worrying about. Another thing that was annoying was listing tattooing and body piercing as 'high risk' behaviors. HIV dies within seconds of being exposed to air. Even syringe sharing, which is definitely high risk, is a 0.67 risk each time. The only pretty much guaranteed way to get the infection is through infusion with infected blood. So worry wells (which I am sadly a club member of!), put that in your pipes and smoke it.
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