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An HIV FAQ

November 5, 2019


If HIV isn’t in the saliva then why is the test an oral swab? The oral swab isn’t gathering saliva or HIV it’s looking for HIV antibodies in the gum tissue This is why you don’t wanna go scrubing about. Do bug chasers really exist? Yes, they do. People hoping to contract HIV do so for many reasons, some of which include One: having experienced the horrific AIDS related deaths of their friends in the 80’s, they want to die in the same way Two: as a way to commit suicide, somewhat passively Three: it’s a way of sharing something with another person. If they’re unable to have offspring together, baby kind, then they parent HIV There are underground networks for these relationships where they use their own lingo like the golden hand of Midas or gift giving Four: some feel that contracting HIV is inevitable, they want to control when and how it happens. If you’d like to know more about it, there’s a documentary on this very thing, called The Gift. So Lindsey, my girlfriend has this cut in her mouth, she’s bleeding and if I kiss her, can she possibly give me HIV? Get tested before you become intimate and use sex shields to protect yourselves, Remember the mouth is not a super hospitable enviroment for HIV. Do you need to kiss her bloody mouth? What is the difference between HIV and AIDS? Ooh! I answered this question in an interview with Hank Green on Scishow. There’s a chinchila! Is HIV in urine? No. Feces? No. Tears? No. Sweat? No. Saliva? No. Boogers? No. Pre-cum? Yes, totally in pre-cum. Why is having another STD a risk factor? In a happy, healthy vagina the immune system is hanging out in the sub mucosa the layer below the mucous membrane and the vaginal walls. If chlamydia enters your body then the immune system will come out to fight. We know it doesn’t win, because you have to take antibiotics and your partners have to take antibiotics but it tries. So during one of these high alert times, when your immune system has been traumatized by another sexually transmitted infection it’s right there on the surface then whoop HIV has immediate access to its host. Remember, it needs the immune systems cells in order to survive. Another reason to get yourself tested. Other things can bring the immune cells to the surface in the vagina, vulva, urethra, the penis, anus, rectum. I imagine that some of you have more and more questions, I’ve put links to the answers you may be looking for in the doo blee doo. Stay curious and get tested.

31 Comments

  • Reply jeli13 November 27, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    first? heehee interesting topic lindsey!

  • Reply somewony November 27, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    I'd never heard of "bugchasing" before, interesting.

  • Reply TechLaboratories November 27, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Extremely important things to know and remember when dealing with something as dangerous and as misunderstood as HIV/AIDS!  Thank's Lindsey!

  • Reply Scattered Moon Shards November 27, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    I've never done any of the risky behaviours but I'm pretty sure my mum never tested either and she breast fed me when I was a baby. That made just a tiny bit paranoid.
    I love how you use dooblydoo instead of down bar, true nerdfighter.

  • Reply Sally Slander November 27, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    I would really love to see a video about what a visit to the gynecologist's entails. I'm already 20 and I've never been, and I'm thinking I need to  get an appointment soon but I'm extremely nervous and would like to know what exactly happens in there. I love this channel, it's good to see more sex ed on YouTube! 🙂

  • Reply Owen22 November 27, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Wtf people try to get HIV on purpose!?

  • Reply 007MrYang November 27, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    LOL! is the word dooblydoo becoming a thing?

  • Reply Camila Stefanie November 27, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    so I have several piercings in my mouth and I know even kissing is risky so would you please tell me if there's anything such as safe kissing?

  • Reply Julie Herrick November 27, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    I just sat through the most annoying FLULA commercial, but I resisted the urge to click "skip ad" because I want you to get the ad revenue.

  • Reply guitarslf132 November 27, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Ao should you get tested if you haven't had sex? 

  • Reply MedicineMan Dan November 27, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Can you please stop with the jump cuts? It makes it so much harder for me to retain the information, also it feels less personal.

  • Reply Hayley Goddard November 27, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Can you make a video on feminism?

  • Reply Rachel Watt November 27, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Aww Lindsey said dooblydoo   

  • Reply Shaina Joseph November 28, 2013 at 6:04 am

    32nd!!!

  • Reply kiewanface November 29, 2013 at 7:09 am

    I really didn't know that there were groups of people who wanted or were seeking to contract HIV. Wow.

  • Reply audrey1053 November 29, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    You also have people who contract HIV for financial reason.

    People with health problems have a surplus income to help them. When the recession hitted some seeked a way to ''survive''.

    It's like seling a kidney to have some money in the poorer countries.

  • Reply highoctanefury December 3, 2013 at 5:01 am

    What is female ejaculate?

  • Reply Mihir Gore December 3, 2013 at 5:13 am

    I like the jump cuts. Fast and clean video.

  • Reply Sarah December 3, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Dear Lindsey, I love your channel and I think you're cool beans and doing important work that American schools have been lacking!

    Here's my question (sorry btw if this is the wrong place to ask, but I'm not very tech-savvy): my boyfriend has hepatitis c3. Is this sexually transmitted and/or can I get it through kissing or an activity that is not necessarily sexual? How likely is it that I will contract it from him? And does anal sex increase your chances of getting it?

    Thanks so much!

  • Reply coeixopeoxucowp,k December 3, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    I have a question. I am about to turn 16 and my girlfriend is just turned 16 too. Is it ok for us to have sex ? I mean im a virgin so its not like im going to get her pregnant anytime soon because you know… but what do you think about underage sex ? i have known her for 5 years so i know she has no HIVs or anything and i wont regret it and all. thanks 🙂

  • Reply Green Fox December 4, 2013 at 8:37 am

    I see a LOT of advice about safe sex, getting tested, using shields, etc, and how that should be practiced by sexually active people. However, how does this affect perfectly monogamous couples.
    You mentioned a question about a couple kissing with one having a mouth cut suggesting a mouth shield, but if they are monogamous and both HIV negative, what's the point?
    Basicly, how does safe sex advice effect monogamous couples with trust in their partners who aren't worried about pregnancy (either by contraception or attempting to get pregnant)

  • Reply hoosierarcher December 31, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Stay faithful in a monogamous relationship and you have little to no chance of contracting HIV. Some might think that such a lifestyle choice is boring and limited but the few long term relationships I have had we rich in content and serially very satisfying.

  • Reply Thinkb4YouSleep January 17, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    There are so many misconceptions surrounding HIV. Thanks for sharing so many important facts about the virus in a single video!

    -The Think Before You Sleep team

  • Reply SilverFlame819 March 26, 2014 at 6:07 am

    cries Fuck you, Captain America. I will not go see you. I've watched a damn hour of your shitty trailer already! Why would I go see you in theatres?! You've lost me… Not that you ever had a chance of me wasting my time watching you, but any chance I may have been drug by friends is totally gone.

  • Reply Jorge Angarita Corzo June 3, 2014 at 3:24 am

    you use the word doobilie doo that's trademark of john green ¬¬

  • Reply Blaze June 12, 2014 at 2:34 am

    Just watched the 1 year video and now im back here to give this important video some love.

  • Reply KujoRogue August 14, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Staying safe by staying curious. <3

  • Reply amybabygrrl February 4, 2015 at 12:55 am

    Hi I was fully tested for STDs and STIs (including HIV) before i stopped using condoms with my now husband. We are monogamous and have not slept with anyone else since my test. Do you recommend I get tested again?

  • Reply Tom Black February 11, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Only followed the Scishow link because of the chinchilla

  • Reply ledzepgirl92 January 10, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    there is so much misinformation, fear and stigma and you decide to WASTE half of this already short video on bugchasing as if transmission rates and risks, prevention, safer sex, PReP and PeP would not be much more pressing issues. ETA: for a studied sexologist, this is a utter fucking disgrace and embrassment. but what do i know, maybe this discipline is just as biased and generally unfit to address hiv/aids in a dignified manner like most of the rest of the population.

  • Reply Ricky Rickardo February 6, 2019 at 2:03 am

    I’m sorry but I’ve NEVER heard of anyone wanting to parent hiv! If you want to be a parent that badly there’s always adoption people…

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