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I apologize for the small concentration of posts recently, I've just found this to be a great resource. I've been monogamous with my boyfriend for 2 and a half years. I was his first sexual partner and he was my first sexual partner. For a while, before I went on birth control pills, we used condoms religiously to prevent pregnancy. We've shied away from that practice now, relying on birth control pills in conjunction with withdrawal to prevent pregnancy. My main question is this: considering we are each others first exposure to sex of any kind (oral, vaginal, etc.) is there any reason for me to be concerned about HIV, given that neither of our mother's had HIV to be transmitted at birth? We've talked about it a lot in my college biology classes lately, and I've found myself worried almost irrationally, and thought it would be good to finally ask and get an answer about risk. Thank you.
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If neither you nor your partner had partners for ANY kind of sex before (not just intercourse), neither of you were ever IV-drug users, and neither of you were born with HIV, then by all means, it would be highly unlikely there is any risk of HIV between you.

That said, it really is a best practice, when you're sexually active, to be tested for all STIs, especially if you're not using barriers to reduce the risk of them. In a long-term relationship, what would probably be suggested is just getting tested -- each of you -- once a year, perhaps even less if the relationship continues over many years.

But if neither of you have ever been tested, why not go ahead and get started with that healthcare now? You could make a date of it and go together.

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