He'd tell me if he's poz.

Anecodotally, we often trust our boyfriends, our buddies, our friends, our hook-ups to know their HIV status and to tell us. Sometimes, we assume they'd say so we don't ask those tough questions before having sex...

If we're HIV-negative, we often tell ourselves:

"I trust him... he'd totally tell me if he's positive."

If we're HIV-positive, we often tell ourselves:

"He's not asking my status, so he must also be HIV-positive."

Communication breakdowns happen all the time, and it makes negotiating sexual safety tricky!

Even if we do ask our sex partner their status before hooking up, we have a new problem: What if they are HIV-positive and don't know it yet?

It can take 3 - 6 months for an HIV test to detect HIV in someone's body. More often than not, people aren't lying about their HIV status to a sex partner... it's just that people don't know yet.

New HIV cases in young gay and bi men DOUBLED in MN in 2009. We think that 3 - 6 months "window period" of time has a lot to do with it.

He may think he's negative. You may think you're negative. But if someone has barebacked in the last 3 - 6 months... you can't know for sure.

Get tested. Get tested together! Wait for your window period to be up before considering barebacking.

FAST FACT:

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, new HIV cases rose 13% in 2009. New HIV cases nearly DOUBLED in young gay/bi men ages 15 - 24.

You may be fabulous, but you're not immune to HIV. Get tested. If you're positive, seek care.

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