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#AskTheHIVDoc Episode 8: How Often?

#AskTheHIVDoc Episode 8: How Often?


It's not a question about whether or not you sleep around, explains Dr. Demetre. It's a question about whether or not you want to be safe from HIV.

If you’re a gay man who is curious about how often he should be getting tested for HIV, then you’ll definitely want to watch the eighth episode in the YouTube health series, #AskTheHIVDoc.

Dr. Demetre tackles the all too-commonly believed myth that people don’t need to get tested often because they don’t sleep around.

“The reality of being a gay man in the United States is that you’re chances of being exposed to someone with HIV or an STD are higger than if you were, say, a straight man,” he explains. “You have to get tested at least two times a year. I advise some of my guys to get tested every three months. There’s no reason to be scared of an HIV test. The only HIV test that you should be scared of is the one you’ve never had.”

Watch what else Dr. Demetre says about how often you should be tested in the video below.

#AskTheHIVDoc is a YouTube series created by the Greater Than AIDS organization to help gay men learn more about HIV and sexual health through honest, fun, and no-nonsense discussions. For more information, visit

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