WITHDRAWAL AND TRANSMISSION
Wearing condoms during anal intercourse prevents the spread of HIV and other STDs. Without a condom, you can decrease your risk if you are HIV negative by being a top instead of a bottom and by practicing oral sex. However, being a top and not cumming inside a partner during sex does not reduce the risk of getting HIV. Most tops get infected by rectal secretions.
Even though your partners may say they are "clean," there is no way to tell by sight and they may not know they have been infected. Most STDs, including HIV, are without symptoms. A recent CDC study showed that nearly 80% of young gay men who were positive had no idea they were infected. Sometimes people do have symptoms but don't associate them with an STD.
I urge you to see your local healthcare provider for STD and HIV testing today. If you're in San Francisco, you can find out clinic hours and services by going to www.SFCityClinic.org, visit MagnetSF.org or use STDtest.org for syphilis testing.
To your health,
HIV testing and care for those who are eligible -- at City Clinic.