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UNITED STATES

Male to Male relationships: Legal
Punishments for male to male relationships: No law
Female to Female Relationships: Legal
Age of consent: Equal for heterosexuals and homosexuals
Marriage and Substitutes for Marriage: Marriage laws vary in this country depending on area
Is it possible to change your gender on official documents?: Only in some areas
Gay or lesbian able to serve in the armed forces: Yes

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Traveled to UNITED STATES? Did you feel comfortable being out while you were there?

The majority of people visiting this site have said I hid my sexual orientation while I was there

I was very comfortable (22%) It was not an issue (33%) I hid my sexual orientation while I was there (33%) I was discriminated against because of my sexual orientation (11%)

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Dwight (user currently living in COSTA RICA) posted for readers on 12/10/2013
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醫生你好,先謝謝你在網路上幫大家回答問題,我有一些問題想請教,應為之前問題是用英文打的,所以我現在懶的翻程中文,不好意思, 以下, 就是我的問題I have had two regretful<a href="http://twaugw.com"> preetctod</a> oral and vaginal sexes with two Commercial Social Workers 21 weeks ago (in 2 consecutive days, and I won't do any kind and any more of this stuff in my rest of life after suffering in various anxieties) during my buddy's bachelor party in 澳門威尼斯人賭場裡. Personally, I have persistent jock itch(Tinea cruris) at my groin and buttock for at least 10 years. I remembered 30 minutes or maybe one hour before intercourse with one CSW, I have a serious itch of my jock itch on my buttock. I scratched a lot and caused some bleeding. I wiped the blood with tissue couple times and then stopped scratching it. Since then, for the following couple weeks after likely exposure, I didn't/ain't feel any presence of HIV related symptoms till now, except some dry cough and headache due to smoking. I did a test of HIV (Doctor told me he used rapid HIV test, however, they only collected my blood sample and I wasn't there when they conducted the test), other STDs as well as whole body physical examination in a physician immediate care center in my city in Utah on week 17, all results turned out pretty good. In my deeply mind, after keeping browsing websites, I know I can let it go, however, I still anxious because I wasn't there while doc conducted the test) and keep testing with Abbot Rapid test on week 19 and 21, all negative.Now, I have several questions wanna consult with you not only assure myself but also educate myself. Please help me!1)During the intercourse, I believed the virginal fluid flew on my groin area, where the jock itch at that area was a little bit itchy before the intercourse and might have some tiny scratches over there(overall I believe it's intact because I didn't fell burn or hurt when I took a hot shower before sex). In this circumstance, can HIV transmit into my body through my groin jock itch area? Additionally, I believe I have a little bit virginal fluid (I wiped but not completely) on my finger and fingernail after fingering her, then, I felt itchy of my buttock due to sweat flew through the jock itch area (where was bleeding 30 mins before), then I scratched it lightly with my finger. Am I putting myself in high risk of HIV infection? I did some researches in the matter, I saw a doc's (Dr.HHH) replied for a patient's related question is In general however, surface contamination of sores/wounds with blood is not likely to lead to transmission. Is he correct in this matter? Should I keep worrying about this kind of exposure?2)I know the window period is 3 months as to most majority of people. However, due to my personal characteristic of easy nervous for everything, I did another two tests. The test on week 19 turned out negative; however, the one on week 21 made me a little bit worry. After rapid test, I check the test result frequently in the first one hour, a solid pink line was presence at C . However, after four hours while I ready to dump it, I rechecked the test again, I took out the cassette, I saw a pretty thin line (as compared to the line at C ) exactly located at T . I wonder is it the dried blood mark or a weaker positive result? PLEASE ADVISE ME.I also wonder HOW LONG after rapid test the test can be treated as invalid because the blood starts drying.
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Dwight (user currently living in COSTA RICA) posted for readers on 12/10/2013
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醫生你好,先謝謝你在網路上幫大家回答問題,我有一些問題想請教,應為之前問題是用英文打的,所以我現在懶的翻程中文,不好意思, 以下, 就是我的問題I have had two regretful<a href="http://twaugw.com"> preetctod</a> oral and vaginal sexes with two Commercial Social Workers 21 weeks ago (in 2 consecutive days, and I won't do any kind and any more of this stuff in my rest of life after suffering in various anxieties) during my buddy's bachelor party in 澳門威尼斯人賭場裡. Personally, I have persistent jock itch(Tinea cruris) at my groin and buttock for at least 10 years. I remembered 30 minutes or maybe one hour before intercourse with one CSW, I have a serious itch of my jock itch on my buttock. I scratched a lot and caused some bleeding. I wiped the blood with tissue couple times and then stopped scratching it. Since then, for the following couple weeks after likely exposure, I didn't/ain't feel any presence of HIV related symptoms till now, except some dry cough and headache due to smoking. I did a test of HIV (Doctor told me he used rapid HIV test, however, they only collected my blood sample and I wasn't there when they conducted the test), other STDs as well as whole body physical examination in a physician immediate care center in my city in Utah on week 17, all results turned out pretty good. In my deeply mind, after keeping browsing websites, I know I can let it go, however, I still anxious because I wasn't there while doc conducted the test) and keep testing with Abbot Rapid test on week 19 and 21, all negative.Now, I have several questions wanna consult with you not only assure myself but also educate myself. Please help me!1)During the intercourse, I believed the virginal fluid flew on my groin area, where the jock itch at that area was a little bit itchy before the intercourse and might have some tiny scratches over there(overall I believe it's intact because I didn't fell burn or hurt when I took a hot shower before sex). In this circumstance, can HIV transmit into my body through my groin jock itch area? Additionally, I believe I have a little bit virginal fluid (I wiped but not completely) on my finger and fingernail after fingering her, then, I felt itchy of my buttock due to sweat flew through the jock itch area (where was bleeding 30 mins before), then I scratched it lightly with my finger. Am I putting myself in high risk of HIV infection? I did some researches in the matter, I saw a doc's (Dr.HHH) replied for a patient's related question is In general however, surface contamination of sores/wounds with blood is not likely to lead to transmission. Is he correct in this matter? Should I keep worrying about this kind of exposure?2)I know the window period is 3 months as to most majority of people. However, due to my personal characteristic of easy nervous for everything, I did another two tests. The test on week 19 turned out negative; however, the one on week 21 made me a little bit worry. After rapid test, I check the test result frequently in the first one hour, a solid pink line was presence at C . However, after four hours while I ready to dump it, I rechecked the test again, I took out the cassette, I saw a pretty thin line (as compared to the line at C ) exactly located at T . I wonder is it the dried blood mark or a weaker positive result? PLEASE ADVISE ME.I also wonder HOW LONG after rapid test the test can be treated as invalid because the blood starts drying.
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