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Angelica Maria
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I know of some couples who have unprotected sex and one of them is HIV+, and the clean one has not contracted anything and no test came positive. Does that mean that its not a guarantee that you'll get if you sleep with an HIV+ individual? I just wanna know. I dont plan on making the wrong choices at my own risk. Its just some things can happen like I get into a last minute situation, or some people can get overpowered by HIV+ people, anything can happen. I am careful to not get in that situation but theres no guarantee of that. No scenario is 100% avoidable. I wanted to let you know that incase you might say "just dont do it". FORGET the scenarios. ALL I wanna know is if its completely guaranteed that you will automatically contract HIV or STDs if you have unprotected sexual intercourse because of what I've seen with other couples. Or is it just "good luck" when it comes to not getting the virus?

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*Angelica, A, A-Maria, Maria, Angie; address me as either of those* We shall never deny an individual's sexuality, even the most ridiculous identity. We are free to love who we love and identify our sexual orientation our way. Theres no rules!

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Molias
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An HIV+ person will not necessarily transmit it to a partner every time they have unprotected sex, no. It is, of course, highly risky to play the odds on that, because statistically speaking if one has sex with a positive partner then transmission will likely happen eventually. So: it isn't guaranteed to happen with one instance of sex, but the likelihood increases over time.

One thing that can help in a "last minute" situation like you mention is making sure you keep condoms on hand any time there's a chance you might be sexually active. Having one or two in a purse or bedside table can go a long way towards making sure you can be protected even in unexpected situations.

Also: please don't refer to people without STIs as "clean," as that sets up infected folks as "dirty" by comparison.

[ 06-06-2014, 07:18 PM: Message edited by: Molias ]

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Angelica Maria
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Thanks melodious. I will get tested and hope for the best. And my bad about the "clean" thing. Most of my partners have asked me "are you clean". And I just got that from what other people have said. Is there a better word that I can use instead?

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*Angelica, A, A-Maria, Maria, Angie; address me as either of those* We shall never deny an individual's sexuality, even the most ridiculous identity. We are free to love who we love and identify our sexual orientation our way. Theres no rules!

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