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26 Jul 2005

HIV and AIDS
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Not gay myself so i hope u don't mind if I ask this question.
How dangerous is it for gay men to get HIV and AIDS. Especially from just serious playing around.

As for the new forum. Great. I've go lots of gay friends and they're ven better friends to me then some of my staight friends.
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Dr. Doom,

HIV is spread through the body fluids (semen and blood) of people infected with HIV. Gay men are at particular risk of HIV infection through their exposure to the partner's semen if they practice unsafe sex. Anal sex, in particular, is high risk in that the anal membrane is very fragile and lesions do occur during anal intercourse, allowing the virus entry into the passive partner's bloodstream. It is essential that people who engage in anal intercourse - both gay and straight - use condoms and plenty of good water-based lubrication. The lubrication reduces stress on the condom, reducing the risk of condom failure.

Oral sex can also be high-risk if the partner performing oral sex allows semen into his mouth, particularly if he's just brushed his teeth, used dental floss or eaten a sharp sweet or a rough biscuit that has scratched the lining of his mouth.

Sadly, far too many gay men continue to practice unsafe sex.
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