CDC understated US AIDS rates; Remember this next time you just HAVE to sleep with that cute guy/girl at the bar. If you're gonna do it, use protection. KNOWING your partner as opposed to fucking some stranger is a pretty good safety measure to. Whether you've been dating for 2 weeks or married to the same person for 10 years, GET TESTED. A ring DOES NOT mean they won't cheat, and if you're not using condoms, SAVE YOUR LIFE BY KNOWING YOU/YOUR PARTNERS' STATUS. Be honest with yourself, of all the people you've slept with, how many of them did you bother checking their status? ALL IT TAKES IS ONE PERSON/ONE SEX ACT TO CONTRACT THE DISEASE. Doesn't surprise me. To be blunt, we have too many whores in the gay community that think a 5 minute nut is worth risking your life. If I had $1 for every stranger that offered my unprotected sex, I could BUY a small Island. We HAVE to educate ourselves, here are some of the STUPIDEST myths I've heard about contracting this disease: -You can't get it your first time having sex. Uhh, yes you can. -Bareback sex is safe for the top. Uhh, no it isn't. -Everybody living with AIDS is a drug addict or whore. NOPE. There are shelters FULL Of men/women who contracted the disease from someone they trusted and were married to for years. -Medication makes the disease go away. NOPE. I've seen someone on the meds. They ONLY keep your T-Cell counts from dropping (for awhile). They often come with crippling nausea, trouble sleeping, tiredness, irritability, mood swings, loss of appetite, the list goes on. EDUCATE YOURSELVES AND BE SAFE. IT ONLY TAKES ONE TIME. Male Latex Condoms and AIDS General Prevention Resources Facts About AIDS/HIV AIDS and Women - If trends continue, women will surpass men in infection rates.