Every day we feature the beloved “Strawberry Letter” franchise that is so popular on “The Steve Harvey Morning Show,” heard nationwide. Send in your letters and Shirley Strawberry will dish out the necessary advice. Today’s topic: HIV Testing I met this man seven weeks ago. I’m 41 and he is 34. He works two jobs, but always found the time to spend with me. Everything seemed to be going fine at first. He was texting me at least four times-a-day and calling me at least three times-a-day. Two week ago, I told him he would need to be tested for HIV before we could become intimate. He said it was not a problem. I finally let him come to my home and of course he thought he was going to get some (NOT). I reminded him of the HIV testing and told him that I already had my appointment set up. After that night, I have not received any texts from him and only received one call after four days. All of a sudden, he doesn’t know how to communicate. I was starting to have feelings for this man, but this brought up a red flag. Now I feel I should just cut my loss. Why do men think if a woman comes to their house or vice versa it’s about sex. Am I right in leaving this man alone?  
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