How I Know I Am Std Free

Last year, I got a battery of tests at the AIM Healthcare Foundation.

What  a lot of folks miss, it is quite possible to carry an STD and not have any symptoms. The only way to be sure is to get tested on a regular basis.

From my perspective this is a way of saying that I care about the health of my potential partners.

My intent is to get tested annually (more often if I'm sexually active) and share this with any partners that are interested.

What I've found is this is a real hot button issue for some folks. Some folks think that testing is "meaningless". Others think is is a substitute for other precautions like condoms. My personal feeling is testing other precautions help each other work better. Some STD's like HSV aren't prevented well by condoms. The big advantage of condoms that I see is that they provide some protection for diseases that we may not well understand yet-or can't be easily tested for yet. The big advantage of testing is that test results can be exchanged even before you meet someone. 

Anyhow, I made the decision I would share my results-regardless of what they were-before I knew what they would be.


nomoreh1b nomoreh1b
3 Responses Feb 28, 2009

AIM is gone-but is run by some of the same people-but the prices are higher.

other services important here sells test kits you can take at home in front of a partner-and they are inexpensive.

stfree gives you a way of securely sharing the free test results that places like public health services provide.

I wish that AIM were still around. They provided an important service not only to the industry but to the community as well.

Right on!!! It is too bad that so many people choose to keep this issue under the rug and not be proactive about it. It is so much of the reason that the incidence of disease, pregnancy and other sexually related issues are a problem. People continue to remain uneducated about it because they don't want to face it that it relates to them. <br />
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GET tested, TALK with partners, and be responsible with your own sexual health, if not for yourself, do it for the other person.<br />
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Get rid of the stigma!