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Is it possible to get AIDS from saliva?

Is it possible to get AIDS from saliva? My friend licked his finger while flipping the pages of a book and I immediately touched it, since I was explaining something. My thumb has a skin condition and has open cuts. My friend is gay and I’m not familiar with his sexual past. I heard that gay people are more likely to have AIDS - is this true? And if he does have AIDS, is it possible that I’m infected?

I’m too scared to get tested for HIV...what should I do?

I am a 22-year-old college student and have been with 14 partners. Three of them did not wear condoms. I had an STD a while ago, but nothing since then. I also get yearly exams and haven’t had sex in over a year. But I’m worried that I might have AIDS. I feel almost crazy thinking about it…and I’m too scared to get tested. What should I do?

I have symptoms similar to the flu...could I have HIV?

I had unprotected sex a few times and have these symptoms: itchy genitals, constant itching all over my body, uncontrollable shaking and twitching, trouble sleeping and lumpy, stringy sperm. I also wake up sweating, feel sick often and don’t get hungry. My body is extra-sensitive to touch. I have been tested for STDs, including HIV/AIDS, and the tests have come back negative. I’ve also been diagnosed with depression, but the medications they gave me aren’t making these symptoms go away. Could I have HIV/AIDS?

Are sexually active teens at higher risk for STDs?

I have a friend who's 16 and sexually active...I was wondering if there are any physical risks involved in having sex that young.

Do condoms still work in the shower? What about under water?

Is it safe to have sex in the shower using a condom? Could the heat from the water damage the condom, or are there any other problems?

My boyfriend is a quad. When I give him head, we leave his indwelling catheter in...is that safe?

I’m a healthy 46-year-old woman. My boyfriend is a 47-year-old quad. After being together a year, we’ve found many ways to be sexually intimate with each other...even though he can't have sexual intercourse. One of the things he enjoys is my giving him head. He has an indwelling catheter, which we usually leave in. Can I contract any infections from doing this? I'm concerned because he has frequent bladder infections.

How good is the Pill at preventing pregnancy?

My girlfriend is on the Pill and we use condoms...but the last time we had sex, the condom came off. It was 13 days before she expects her period. Is it possible for her to get pregnant because the condom slipped off? Should we get the “morning after” pill?

Is there sperm in pre-cum?

Is there sperm in pre-cum? Can it cause pregnancy? What about STDs?

Could my girlfriend be pregnant if we had unprotected sex 14 days after her period started?

I have a question about pre-ejaculation fluid. I've always used the withdrawal method when I've had sex with my partners...but I was told recently that “pre-cum” might get a girl pregnant. Is this true? Also, could my wonderful new girlfriend be pregnant? The last time we had sex was 14 days after her period started. Lastly, can you recommend anything I can read to further educate myself on contraceptives?

My wife and I are swingers...but lately she seems very interested in one other person. How do I talk to her about?

My wife and I have been involved in the "swinger" scene for some time now. It's been a wonderful way to express our sexuality as a couple over the years. However, I've sensed she has had more than a fleeting attraction to one of the other husbands we've been playing with in the last month. I'm somewhat surprised because we've always been so open with one another, but I don't know how to even bring this up. How can I address this with her without her feeling like I don't trust her? I don't want us to have to change our lifestyle.

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