My name is Lucija, I'm coming from Croatia, a small country in Europe. I spent some time reading this forum what is main reason of this post.
In my country there's small number of people infected with HIV (about 900). In my town, Split, there's 180 000 people, and 78 infected with HIV and in this cases it is mostly imported from other countries through sexual activity and taking drugs. Generally, young people don't talk or think about HIV&AIDS even though we are expoused to this, less than in other countries, but we are somehow. Our medical system is doing a great job to educate us and to prevent HIV through several projects, free testing and free counseling. Although, I still think that people employed in centers for prevention of hiv and other sexual transmitted diseases spread a lot of myths and incorrect information which cause fear and anxiety, like in my case. Even I'm not expoused to high risk situations, after reading articles and publications from my country I was terrifed and beacuse of my own fears and anxiety I had to get tested.
I spent an hours on this forum, and have to say that I really admire to people who answer million of questions here. i really love the job you do here and appreciate it a lot.. Among all of great people, doctors and experts special thanks and regards to Teak :-) I'm impressed with your story and job you do here. I think that you should come to Croatia to our universities to spread words of wisdom....(it's a beautiful country) Your posts made me peaceful more than negative test....Also I'm grateful for posts and answers of dr. HHH and all other great people that help here. Keep doing great job.
God bless you!
Many regards from sunny Croatia. ;)))
p.s. Sorry about my English :'(