When did you decide after meeting your significant others that you would use other contraception. I mean for me it is a huge leap of faith, how do you know they are not carrying, or your not carrying an std?
To exchange your contraception for instance to the pill, is it normal to be tested for things?
I realise it depends on each individual and sexual history but with us all does there come a time when we just blindly take that second step?
i had a hiv tes when i was 67 months pg cos i found out an exp had it. it was a bloody horrendous time, felt sick. it was negative but i made the decision then that i would not have unprotected sex again without him having a hiv test and i haven't, health is too important me thinks!
if you cant ask your partner to go for a test then you shouldnt be having unprotected sex. has he asked you? how many other women has he not asked? im not saying i havent done it (beer has lots to answer for) but even something easily treated like chlamydia (spelling?) can cause you major problems if undetected
What a nightmare time for you Maisystar; must have been terrifying.
I have actually never been in this situation at all, so no experience to speak off. Did you have a HIV test when pg? If so, you have this to show/tell your partner. I would then ask him to provide you with the same reassurance.
I was never offered a test while pregnant either time. Last year he was tested for everything.
I am more curious if other people have ever thought about these factors. Most people i know go on the pill and i have always thought it quite dangerous, especially considering they have one night stands.
Saying that though, a relationship could be as dangerous for all we know.
I must admit this thread has made me think. My dh and I stopeed using condoms as soon as we know we were going to be together forever and get married(six months after meeting) but I suppose it's the past trhat matters. I feel really stupid now but at the time it seemed perfectly reasonable. He is in the navy and is checked regularly and I have now been checked twice because of pregnancys and we are both negatice but I must say I never thought about it really. Once I knew that we were exclusive I relaxed. Hope you don't think I'm totally dumb now!!!
I work in a hospital department that carries out the testing for STI's - before starting this job this issue would never have crossed my mind but now I would NEVER have unprotected sex with a new partner without us both getting tested.