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Feb 23, 2002

IVE BEEN GOING OUT WITH MY BOYFRIEND FOR 2YEARS.HE TESTED NEGATIVE TO HIV. DOES THAT MEAN THAT I WILL TEST NEGATIVE TOO

Response from Dr. Remien

If your boyfriend is not infected with HIV then you cannot get HIV from him. However, if he has HIV and has not yet developed antibodies to the virus than he can transmit HIV to you if you are having unprotected sex with him. Antibodies are usually developed within 3-6 months after infection, but can take longer. Bottom line: people should use protection unless they have no reason to think that their partner is infected with HIV or other STDs, and is also being monogamous. Otherwise there is risk.


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