Stay Safe: Get Tested And Know Your Status!
Hey guys, what’s up!? This is Brandon, The Sword’s new winter intern! When they asked me what I wanted to write about for my first post, I remembered something my first Journalism Professor said last semester: “Write what you know.” So, today I want to talk to you guys about barebacking and HIV.
I’m not HIV-positive now, but if I ever were to become positive, I sure as hell would want to know. Wouldn’t you? That’s why it’s important to get tested regularly (every six months) if you’re sexually active. And it’s especially important to get tested even more regularly (every three months) if you’re having bareback anal sex, which is the only kind of sex I ever have. Know your status!
The debate over bareback sex is going to rage on weather you get tested for HIV or not, so ignore the haters who are trying to control your decisions and just take care of you first and formost by getting tested and knowing your status. Last I checked, the science is still out on all the who/what/when/where/why/how of how HIV is actually transmitted, so I’m not going to let anyone else tell me how to protect myself unless their a doctor at the HIV testing clinic. And speaking of doctors, even if I did become HIV positive, the doctors are almost finished making a vaccine that prevents HIV, so I can just take that.
But make no mistake, a vaccine might not be possible for everyone, even with Obamacare and lowered Health Care costs, so that’s why it’s still important to get tested and know your status. Like they say, knowing is half the battle. It truely saddens me to see commenters here attacking gay porn stars like Dean Monroe or Brent Corrigan who have bareback sex or worked with bareback studios, because how do you know that these performers aren’t taking care of themselves and getting the proper tests done to protect themselves and others? You don’t know.
I’ve learned a lot in my 19 years, and one of the things I’m most proud of is knowing how my body works and knowing what feels good to me. It doesn’t matter if I’m topping or bottoming (and in case you’re wondering, I’m mostly a top), the feeling of a condom is gross, I’m sorry to say, and that’s why I will never use them. Plus, I’m pretty sure I’m allergic to latex so I can’t use them even if I wanted to. Starting college last year and having bareback sex with dozens of hot new guys on campus has definately enriched my life for the better and given me the freedom to explore my sexuality in ways I never could have even imagined before. Luckily, I learned early on that it’s totally possible to have hot, raw, seed-planting bareback sex that is both responsible and pleasurable because I get tested and I know my status. Do you?
Get tested! Know your status!
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