He used phrases like:
"I did something stupid"
"I know I'm being paranoid"
"I know I'm a hypochondriac"
"Hell yeah!" he responded. "It was nice."
I asked about his HIV status.
He was negative. The sexual partner said he was negative when asked directly.
I understood. People lie.
He was worried. He goes for STI check ups regularly when he is active. The last health care provider he saw didnt even know what pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) was.
Before we discussed options for HIV post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), I asked him to rethink his perspective and language around sexual health:
Instead of saying "I did something stupid," say "I had some good sex last night."
Instead of saying "I know I'm being a hypochondriac," say "I'm pro-active about my sexual health."
"I really needed to hear that. Sometimes I think I'm crazy."