Danny Pintauro is standing up to the skeptics!
Following Danny's brave admission that he contracted HIV through oral sex, critics quickly slammed the actor for making "false" claims. Many fans were upset and doubtful because contracting the disease through oral sex is very rare. However, it's important to note that it's possible, especially if you've been involved with drugs like Danny once was.
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In the name of sexual health (it's so important to be safe!), we decided to reach out to D.P. for an EXCLUSIVE comment on his heartbreaking yet educational story.
The Who's The Boss alum explained:
" I was so upset when I figured out that it was through oral. I had been SO good! I know the exact person and occasion and on that day he wore a condom but ‘finished' in my mouth. So I've put two and two together and decided it was the oral. Could I be wrong? Of course – it could potentially be a tear in the condom I didn't see (though even then he would have had to release bodily fluids into the condom for that to then leak through the tear, which he didn't). Without going into great detail I am confident that the back of my throat was compromised and when his bodily fluid came in contact with my mouth…all hell broke loose. I mean, I've been so honest up to this point why would I start lying now? If anything, saying it was oral is counterproductive to the message I'm trying to get across about people on meth losing their inhibitions and going condom-less. But it also ADDS to the argument I'm making that combining meth with sex in any way, shape, or form changes the odds of contracting HIV. For multiple reasons: 1) meth causes mucosal dryness which increases risk of tissue tear… aka the tissue in my mouth was suffering from dry mouth… but this includes the other end as well, the tissue down there is more likely to tear so bare backing is more likely to put you at risk. 2) There are several studies that show meth increases the rate of HIV replication in the body so the person I was with (who was not on ART) likely had a high viral load compounded by the fact that he frequently did meth. So am I saying that someone engaging in normal/drug free oral sex is at a significant risk of getting HIV? No! Those odds are extremely low, almost non-existent. Am I saying that if you combine HIV and Meth those odds increase? Yes, and there's research to show this is quite likely. So I put two and two together."
Considering there is no evidence to support that contracting HIV is impossible via oral sex, we see no reason not to believe the actor.
Despite what you choose to believe, it can't be denied that Danny's story is starting a dialogue about safe sex and drug use. There's nothing more important than your life so it's important to always stay SAFE!
So, what do YOU think about Pintauro's comments?
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