Jan 23, 2003
Dear Doctor David Wohl.
I had sex with a prostitute two months ago. I used double condom but it broke (I am not sure). I don't have symptoms (ARS).
My Doctor said ("it's a low risk relation you may not be tested").
Am I in a high risk level ?
May I be tested ?
Am I infected ?
If a person don't have money for a AIDS treatment or can't obtain drugs for treatment: What can he do ? Are other effective HIV treatments without retrovirals ?
Thanks from Pereira (Colombia).
P.S. Sorry, but this thing is going crazy to me, and my brain can't do think.
Response from Dr. Wohl
My advice is to get tested. It will make you, your friends, family and doctor feel better when you get the result, which based on what you write, is most probably going to be negative.
As to your second question, there certainly are ways people living with HIV can help to keep themselves healthy including eating right, exercising, avoiding alcohol and illicit drugs. However, for most people the best hope for keeping the virus under control and the immune system safe is HIV medications. Adios - DW
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