Our expert says:
Any person having unprotected sex where the exclusivity of the relationship is not fully guaranteed should be tested for STIs, including HIV, irrespective of age. You are responsible for your own health and well-being. “Trust me, I’m a doctor” is not sufficient. I would suggest that you go in for a general check-up with your family doctor and request an HIV test as part of this examination. If this is uncomfortable, tests are freely done at various state clinics. Take some young people along and say that “every South African should know their status” – lead by example. You may consider using the female condom when having intercourse if your partner is unwilling to use male condoms.
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