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"Dear Carol, I'm worried about HIV/AIDS"

Dear Carol,
I think I might have AIDS or HIV because I had unprotected sex. I'm not sure, so I'm going to get tested. I was wondering if HIV and AIDS are the same thing? If I get tested for HIV and don't have it, does that mean I don't have AIDS?
—Worried Sick

Dear Worried Sick,
HIV is the virus that leads to AIDS, a disease that still has no cure. Let's hope you don't test positive for HIV, but why oh why oh why did you have unprotected sex? You may have gotten any number of other diseases, from herpes to chlamydia, or you may be pregnant. Go to a doctor or a clinic like Planned Parenthood (1-800-230-PLAN). And next time, say yes to yourself by saying no to unprotected sex. There's a lot of stress that comes along with sex, whether you use protection or not. Why not hold off on sex until you are older?

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by Dear Carol | 5/26/2017