What is HIV?
The Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) attacks our immune system and destroys our white blood cells allowing our bodies to become easy targets for infections and cancers that our body usually fights off. Once we acquire HIV, it stays with us for life.
Although HIV can be present in many parts of the human body, the concentration of the virus is only strong enough to spread from one person to another in these 5 fluids:
- Semen (cum)
- Vaginal fluids
- Anal fluids
- Breast milk
We have to remember that the virus must enter the blood stream in order for there to be a risk of HIV infection. The virus must also be present in at least one of the people engaging for risk to occur.
Is there a difference between HIV and AIDS?
Yes! HIV is a virus, that causes AIDS. AIDS is not a virus but a syndrome when your white blood cell count (the cells that help you fight off infections) is really low (below 200), and you develop an infection because of it. But, if your white blood cell count goes above 200, and your infection clears up, then you don’t have AIDS anymore. So just because someone has HIV, doesn’t mean they have AIDS. People who are HIV positive can live a full life without developing AIDS.
How is HIV passed from one person to another?
Ways that HIV is transmitted are:
- By having sex, particularly unprotected anal or vaginal sex with an HIV-infected person – there is low risk when having oral sex
- By sharing needles, syringes, or injection equipment with an intravenous (IV) drug user who is infected with HIV, and
- From HIV-infected women to babies before or during birth, or through breast-feeding after birth
Can I get HIV from kissing and cuddling?
No. Kissing, touching, cuddling and fondling are both enjoyable and do not pose risks for HIV transmission. Here are a few things to keep in mind while kissing and cuddling to ensure good oral health:
- check regularly for open soars
- small cuts can occur after brushing your teeth or recent dental work
- gum disease and gingivitis can cause the gums to bleed and increase the risk of HIV transmission
Is it safer sex if I’m not using a condom and I pull out of the guys ass before I cum?
No. Many men believe that withdrawing the penis (pulling out before cumming) will protect you from giving or getting HIV. Some men do this as a way to have the thrill of fucking without using condoms, thinking that if the person fucking pulls out in time, this counts as safer-sex. THUS IS NOT TRUE.
||Withdrawal can still lead to HIV being transmitted because:
If you are the partner that is doing the fucking, blood from your partner’s anus can still enter the hole at the tip of your penis, or get in through small cuts and abrasions on your penis
If you are the partner that is getting fucked, there is no guarantee that your partner will not cum in your anus. Remember – pre-cum can also transmit HIV. Withdrawal before orgasm is a very difficult thing to time perfectly! Again, using condoms and a water-based lubricant can prevent this risk.
If all of this seems like too much to handle, then you might want to keep using condoms whenever you fuck.
Where can I get an HIV/STI test?
You can visit the Hassle Free clinic where you can get anonymous HIV testing, as well as other STI testing.
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