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I'M TAKING IT MORE SERIOUSLY
I like to hang out with my friends. A lot of stuff goes on
here. My best friend Dee has been talking to me about AIDS and ways to be safe,
like using condoms. I wish I had listened to her two months ago. I used to
suggest using condoms, but I wouldn't push it unless the guy was sketchy. Well,
the first time I ever had sex with my ex-boyfriend, I wanted to use a condom. He
talked me into not using one, and I got herpes.
That's why I'll never have sex without using a condom again.
Most people think things like, "It won't happen to me." That's how I was and
then I got herpes. Now I'm taking Dee more seriously. She thinks condoms are a
really good idea and she's using them all the time. I don't want to catch
anything else like AIDS so I'm starting to use them too.
ONE WOMAN ONE MAN
I used to have sex with other women and not tell my
girlfriend. Then I started hearing all this stuff about diseases, so now I'm
trying to have sex with only one woman and make sure that she only has sex with
me. We use condoms cuz it keeps you from getting ill from VD or AIDS or from
becoming a dad. If you don't have a condom right there it's real hard to stop
and get one so I try to keep them around all the time. I don't mind the way they
feel as long as I don't catch anything. I'm glad they invented condoms. Now I
don't have to worry as much.
I MET THIS GIRL WHO TESTED POSITIVE
I started my serious drinking when I was 14. I had heard about
AIDS and I always meant to use a condom, but sometimes I was so messed up I
didn't do it. I'm 19 now and I just got out of treatment. While I was there I
met this girl who tested positive for the AIDS virus. She was real cool and she
was... you know ... just regular. Before that I thought my girlfriends aren't
the type that shoot or sleep around, but then I realized you can't tell.
I use condoms every time now, even if she's beautiful. Back
when I was drinking I would do it without one if she was pretty. I've gotten so
I can put them on quick , so it's not like it destroys the mood or anything. I'm
still a little worried about stuff that happened in the past and I'm thinking
about getting tested, but for now I'm just gonna stay safe.