It's World AIDS Day Today: Do You Think People Should Get Tested for the HIV Virus on a Regular Basis?

The Big Question 2012/12/01 09:00:00
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  • Tordgaard 2012/12/01 16:41:16
    Only persons who happen to engage in behavior(s) that would subject them to exposure should have themselves regularly checked. This includes anyone (straight or gay) who has unprotected intercourse; healthcare workers or others exposed to bodily fluids; and, to some extent, persons who require blood products. And, unless you happen to be involved in the 'sex industry' these regular checkups should be voluntary. Others have little to worry about IMO.

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  • luke-jones 2013/05/22 00:48:28
    If everyone saw a doctor to find this out, they might think twice about descrimination.
  • foxy 2012/12/03 11:37:34
    If it saves lives, why not be tested, it is a safety issue for all, not just the person who might get aids.
  • VicLucyCole 2012/12/03 02:24:45
    Well, of course not people who dont happen to have unprotected sex on a regular basis, but for those who do then I say definitely.
  • Tigger Too 2012/12/02 22:08:25
    Tigger Too
    There should have been a choice for IT DEPENDS. There are many factors to consider in determining whether or not you feel you should be tested for HIV on a regular basis, such as... Engaging in casual, unprotected vaginal, anal and/or oral sex with multiple partners. If an already HIV-infected woman has a baby and/or plans to nurse her child, since AIDS can be transferred to an unborn fetus and through breast milk. Injecting intravenous drugs, especially if you share needles or don't properly disinfect them between uses, if new, unused syringes aren't available. Getting tattoos and piercings at irreputable tattoo parlors that fail to properly sterilize their equipment. Having blood transfusions or receiving other blood products. If you work in or are a patient in medical settings where infectious diseases might be found. If a person has had ANY of the aforementioned experiences, then they absolutely should be tested for the HIV virus on a regular basis. People who are never involved in high-risk behavior or other situations can be tested regularly, if they so choose. It can't hurt, and it's better to be safe than sorry. I don't know how accurate and effective they are, but you can now buy at-home HIV testing kits, available at some drugstores, which can make testing more convenient and less intrusive.
  • Michael 2012/12/02 20:09:12
    Why must the government constantly make rules to protect people against their own deadly behavior!
  • santosh umap 2012/12/02 15:36:03
    santosh umap
    should have themselves regularly checked.
  • Kookieless The Sexy Nihilis... 2012/12/02 07:36:03
  • Shifting Piece 2012/12/02 03:03:34
    Shifting Piece
    I believe that is a wise choice. HIV can be instilled in your body for years on end with no symptoms and it doesn't just come from sex and blood. Needles are common carriers as well as any other object that can be used to prod and poke people. If you were to be digging through someone's garbage for example and come across something that had come into contact with their blood or semen etc and it somehow got into your body you could be infected.
    It's a good idea to get checked. People often don't think about these things.
  • No One 2012/12/02 02:05:16
    No One
    Although I think how much people get tested should depend on how high risk people are. People who have lots of unprotected sex with lots of people should be tested more than people who wear a condome, or who are in monogomouse relationships and those who should be tested the least often are those who are abstinent. I also think teens who are supposedly abstinent should be tested more than addults as they live under their parents roof and so are more likely to lie in order to avoid getting in trouble with their parents.
  • Mega-Mighty 2012/12/02 02:01:51
    Yes, because it's just like pregnacy ypu can be positive one day and not the next. People gettested for HIV or HPV plezz. Noone nedds to get hurt over something stuip like this.
  • NYCbrit 2012/12/02 02:01:16
    If they're sexually active w/multiple partners. Even if they practice safe sex.
  • Anarimus 2012/12/02 01:00:39
    HIV and HPV can lie dormant for quite some time. If you have ever in your life been sexually active with more than one person in the last decade you should be tested. I've been in a steady relationship for three years and i test for HIV and HPV annually as part of my regular checkup. If you're male you can get HPV and never show any symptoms for years and still spread the virus. Get educated and get tested.
  • Classy ... Anarimus 2012/12/08 04:02:16
  • Anarimus Classy ... 2012/12/08 19:02:29
    Hamburger SV? Right when they're moving up the Bundesliga tab.....ohhhhh THAT HSV..my bad.
  • Kim(: 2012/12/02 00:38:46
    No... If people want to fine whatever but Me? no. I hate doctors so People can do whatever they want. Im not being tested
  • Todd Parsons 2012/12/02 00:22:31
    Todd Parsons
    And quarantined
  • Kookiel... Todd Pa... 2012/12/02 07:35:32
  • Todd Pa... Kookiel... 2012/12/02 18:10:33
    Todd Parsons
    So they can't contaminate anyone
  • Kookiel... Todd Pa... 2012/12/02 19:36:15
  • Todd Pa... Kookiel... 2012/12/02 22:19:12
    Todd Parsons
    Rounding them up and keeping them away from others does both of these things quite nicely
  • Kookiel... Todd Pa... 2012/12/02 22:39:03
  • Todd Pa... Kookiel... 2012/12/03 13:50:47
    Todd Parsons
    The Idea is sound, We have states that are banning junk food... But we allow diseases the spread with no action taken.
  • POWERSHAKER 2012/12/02 00:05:57
  • darlenedoskas1969 2012/12/02 00:05:55
    if you're taking ANY risks, or you suspect your partner might, getting checked out regularly just makes sense...

    on the other hand, if you don't take any risks, and don't even have one partner, you probably don't need to be tested at all
  • Jackie G - Poker Playing Pa... 2012/12/02 00:00:44
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    No I do not - those people who have frequent sexual relations with people they do not know should do it voluntarily - there is no reason to be tested on a regular basis unless one is placing oneself in situations that may merit testing
  • Quazar 2012/12/01 23:59:16
    I think not because why would someone that has no worry about AIDS want to be tested and possibly have a false positive?
  • Studied 2012/12/01 23:55:25
    Only when necessary
  • Jiorgia 2012/12/01 22:44:02
    I a 19 year old who has never had unprotected sex gets tested every 6 months for every STI, not just HIV, it doesn't hurt, I dont have to go anywhere special or pay any money for the test, I just go to my GP and it really eases the mind.
    I know I am safe, I know I am healthy.

    Also just because you are married does not mean you are safe from STIs, so continue to get tested, you may be faithful and you may believe that your partner is, but it is better to be safe than sorry.
  • Anarimus Jiorgia 2012/12/02 01:02:12
    rare intelligence. I get tested simply based on the fact HPV and HIV can be dormant for years and HPV laughs at condoms.
  • yabbadabbadoo 2012/12/01 22:26:07
    im worried about cancer more than i am HIV
  • Jiorgia yabbada... 2012/12/01 22:45:14
    Atleast they can get rid of most cancers if caught before stage 4, HIV has no cure.
  • yabbada... Jiorgia 2012/12/01 23:26:14
    yeah ive seen some of your posts on Sodahead...you stay clueless
  • joseph digristina 2012/12/01 22:23:00
  • Jiorgia joseph ... 2012/12/01 22:45:25
    well duh.
  • joseph ... Jiorgia 2012/12/01 22:54:00
  • Jiorgia joseph ... 2012/12/01 23:39:39
    well no, not from toilet seats, kissing, spittle and utensils.
    but not just from sex.
  • joseph ... Jiorgia 2012/12/01 23:48:06
  • Anarimus joseph ... 2012/12/02 01:04:50
    Or the blithering idiots who think AIDS started by some guy having sex with a monkey.
  • joseph ... Anarimus 2012/12/02 21:58:21
  • Beat Magnum True Hero 2012/12/01 22:08:50
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    AIDS is a 100% preventable and avoidable disease.

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