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Why You Should Always Use Condoms

The HIV virus is transmitted through the exchange of body fluids. Some exchanges, such as French kissing, present a minimal risk unless there are sores in the mouth or bleeding gums. By far the most dangerous practice is anal sex. In anal sex, the greatest risk is to the receptive individual (the “bottom”) and this is magnified greatly by the presence of any condition in the anal canal which could place the virus into the blood supply of the non-infected individual.  Anal fissures, hemorrhoids or an unusually mismatched anal canal and penis size (that causes micro-tears) are all ways to transmit the virus very effectively.  If a man has ejaculated into your anal canal, the HIV virus can get into your bloodstream if there are “micro-tears” caused by fucking.

If someone is already HIV-positive do they still need to use condoms? YES. New evidence suggests that cross-infection between different strains of the HIV virus can produce virus mutations which are far more resistant to conventional treatment. It is now strongly advocated by immunologists that individuals who are HIV-positive proceed as if they were not and still use condoms to protect themselves against "cross-infection."

If you must engage in anal sex always use condoms—even if you are already HIV-positive. Keep in mind that condoms are not a 100% guarantee against the spread of any STD including, but not limited to: HIV infection, hepatitis, syphilis, herpes and gonorrhea. 

Chances for infection are reduced the most when you use a brand-name condom that has been sealed in foil.  “Novelty condoms” and condoms that are several months old should be avoided.

If an “accident” does occur and ejaculate does go into the anal canal it may be of some benefit to douche (clean out with water) as soon as possible (within 30 minutes). Also, see a doctor (within 24 hours), especially if there is evidence of blood washed out with the semen. A knowledgeable MD can prescribe a mixture of several HIV drugs to be taken in the short term. This has been shown (in some cases) to prevent the transmission/infection of HIV.

Oral sex carries a lower risk but there is still a risk. If semen is ejaculated into the mouth of a non-infected individual HIV could get into the bloodstream though bleeding gums or an open cut. Good dental and gum hygiene is important but brushing your teeth or flossing right before having sex may not be a good idea as it may cause bleeding.

The following site---Avert.org---is run by an AIDS charitable organization and has lots of plain-talking information about AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases that effect gay men.


Avert.org
 Aids/HIV
http://www.avert.org

Avert.org STD info
http://www.avert.org

The Body  Aids/HIV
http://www.thebody.com

Web MD General Info
http://www.webmd.com/

 


 

 
               
               
               
               
               

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