London, 1990. Steve scrubs himself neurotically prior to going to the doctor for an HIV test. Once there the doctor tells him: relax. The examination is intercut with scenes of Steve and his pal Ned watching porn films and sunbathing on the roof. Later, Steve picks up Keith, a cyclist, but the encounter is tense because Steve is too frightened of disease. Keith urges him: relax. Steve enjoys a fantasy involving Keith and a lot of body oil in one of the most sensual scenes ever committed to celluloid. When Steve returns to the doctor the result is negative; the scene is replayed and the result is positive.
This short film, well shot in black and white, captures the hopes and fears and the deadly waiting time faced after being tested for HIV.See also Gay Men & AIDS