Email 479: Do I Still Need to Take the HIV Test?

Posted by Pozziepinoy on 7:31 AM
Hey Pozzie,

Hope you are well.

I have been reading your blog and I should say it's very informative. Thank you for helping your readers.

I'm a 23 year old discreet gay man. Like others, I have had my share of curiosity about sex when I was 18 - 20 years old but eventually I stopped. I remember having an unprotected sex just once around 4 years ago, I was the top. It was the only unprotected sex I had. I have evaluated myself for any symptoms of HIV or AIDS and I don't seem to have any of them  no sore throats, long diarrhea episodes, cough, rashes, genital warts and my weight is just the pretty the same. I also feel healthy.  

As of this writing, I have not had any penetrative sex for the past 2 years because I don't have a partner. (Feels like I'm a matured guy already ei :P) Now I prefer to do the act with someone who really means to me. charing :P

So my question is, do I still need to get myself tested?

Thank you and God bless you!



Hi Axe.

Thank you for your email.

Since you had a previous unprotected sex experience with a random partner, you might as well take the HIV test. Like what I always tell my readers, HIV has non specific symptoms. Some of the PLHIV's that I have met didn't at all show any symptoms and yet their immune system has been very low (based on their CD4 counts).

I hope I was able to answer your concerns. Feel free to email me again if you have other questions.

Stay healthy,

NO PLHIV is alone with his or her struggle with HIV!"


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