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Ok how is it that dr hook has agreed he has never seen hiv transmitted from a single unprotective vagiinal intercousrse
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i'm going to ask this, why the f*ck are we (men) so stupid! Why do we always do this to ourselves.. I'm reading these posts and over and over i see how we f*cked up! Just keep that thing in your pants and you'll be safe

pppfftt, look who's calling the kettle black, I'm freaking out myself right now!
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Well, the risk of acquiring HIV from a single act of unprotected vaginal sex with a partner confirmed to be HIV+ is about 1 in 1000 for the female and 1 in 2000 for the male. Couple that with the fact that roughly 0.36% of the US population is HIV+, and that includes men who have sex with men. Therefore, I am guessing that heterosexual prevalence is at the most 0.05%, or 1 in 5,000, for heterosexuals in the US. So if you combine these two statisics, the risk of a heterosexual acquiring HIV from a single act of vaginal sex is about 1 in 5 million for women and 1 in 10 million for men.
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A risk is a risk, Dont gamble with your health USE CONDOMS
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I thought the same way too. being a heterosexual male that the risk is very low. Now im in the same predicament going crazy and worrying about the next test. despite all those stats, i cant bare the fact that this is also an epidemic. Now, If you think about the habits of people who sleep around, many usually have 1 or few encounter with that same partner  and in most cases people use condom but the virus is still spreading rapidly in many places in the US.
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I would not call HIV an epidemic in the US.  While the number of people infected with HIV in the US may be going up (which is in large part due to improved prognosis due to HAART), the number of AIDS cases and deaths is going down. In addition, I am not aware of any studies showing a sharp increase in HIV prevalence among heterosexual, non-injection drug users. Heterosexual transmission obviously remains a probability but certain risk factors, such as having other STD's, are often associated with this. In addition, females are at a higher risk than males in heterosexual activities. I doubt you could find very many HIV+ males in the US who are heterosexual, do not inject drugs, and have not had any accompanying STD's such as syphillis that could have made infection easier.
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HIV statistics in major US cities/states are available via their public health departments, if you search for them. About 85% of new cases are in major metro areas. For example,

NYC: http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/ah/hivtables.shtml

SF: http://www.sfdph.org/dph/files/reports/default.asp

LA:  http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/phcommon/public/reports/rptspubdisplay.cfm?unit=hiv&ou=ph&prog=hae

Miami: http://www.dadehealth.org/discontrol/DISCONTROLmonthlyrep.asp

Seattle: http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/communicable/hiv/epi/reports.aspx

Texas: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/hivstd/reports/default.shtm

Worldwide, 80% of HIV transmission is heterosexual. But US statistics show a reverse trend, where about 70% of transmissions is homosexual. So US has prevention campaigns targeted mainly on homosexual and IDU transmissions. No matter how you dice the statistics, they show it doesn't matter what orientation you are.

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