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Against All Odds: What Are Your Chances of Getting HIV in These Scenarios?

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I am a generally healthy gay male in my mid 30s .... I never have unprotected sex . Only use condoms .. I was told my behaviors are not high risk enough to even bother going on PrEP ... And I don't want to add another medication If it's not necessary as I take a lot for anxiety etc... But I have this issue, that I am so paranoid about contracting HIV... I was tested in April 2019 and Neg of all. ..... But everytime I feel sick in any way I start freaking out . Considering PrEP anyway.....

July 10, 2019 Nyc


Please please please change the site text font to a Merriweather or something other than what it currently is. It is an incredibly noisy font. Good content, however.

May 11, 2019 texas


Surprised that the risks for vaginal sex for men and women are different in high- and low-income countries. For example, "Risk to female with HIV-positive male partner" is 1 in 1,250 for high-income countries and 1 in 333 for low-income countries. Since the data is saying "HIV-Positive male partner" this discrepancy isn't due to % of population infected... so how does the disease know if it is in a low- or high-income country? IF the male partner *is* HIV-positive, the risks should be the same.

January 28, 2019 Costa Rica


As a gay man... terms like "same-gender-loving" are just obtuse. Just say gay please. It's not a swear word, nor is it a slur.

November 22, 2018


The compound numbers are severe under-estimations. The advent of social media and gay dating sites have never been accounted for in these studies, except for the one we just completed (See NEJM Sept 2018). For starters if my odds of getting HIV IS 1/1000 each time i have unprotected sex, then by the conclusion of round 2, 1/1000 x 1/1000 = 1/500, after 10x, 1/50, after a few kore, 20% of people in a study group of n=1,000 will have been diagnosed w/HIV.

August 5, 2018 NYC

J Mac

Hi I have something to say. I am have had oral sex and swallowed with over 15,000 people yet still don't have the virus so why is it a 1 2,500 risk plus I have dental issues and bleeding ulcers. Second it is weird aside from genetics people in the community seem to get it less with lube even if its unprotected as long as the anal wall does not tear or there is no previous anal bleeding. Second is there any research I can give to like real research over seas?

June 8, 2018


Moral of the story. Don't have gay sex, or share needles. Pretty simple.

November 28, 2017


does anyone have info on what the risks are for one sexual experience with no ejaculation during heterosexual sex....and the man being hiv pos, but on meds for over 10 years...i know that's super specific...but does anyone have any thoughts?

November 10, 2017


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