From personal experience, I know how easy it is to let caution fall by the wayside. HIV is a throw of the dice -- you can have unprotected sex once, or a 1,000 times and not contract HIV or an STD. Don't assume that you are immune though, as I unfortunately did. This year, the same way many of us use a checklist for travel packing, let's include a pre-vacation sexual health checklist.
I now find myself turning the age that is supposed to be "the new 30," but that feels like a mathematical impossibility. I've realized that it's not the aging process itself that I fear. I do my best to fear only things I have some control over, like icky spiders and abdominal fat. It is the stigma of age that I fear most.