|Afraid of Contracting HIV from my Positive Partner
Apr 9, 2004
My partner has recently been diagnosed with HIV. I love him a great deal and we've always been safe. Recently I've given a lot of thought to my own status but can't come to grips with getting tested. I am scared to death. As a result I've been sabatoging the relationship because eventhough we've been safe sexually I'm worried about everyday life; grabbing the wrong toothbrush, grabbing the wrong razor, etc. I do love this man and don't want to ruin what we have but I can't live on edge either. Any suggestions on getting past the scare would be appreciative. Thank you
| Response from Dr. Horwath
If you have been practicing safe sex, then you need not be so frightened. Everyday contact from living under the same roof is not associated with a risk of HIV infection.
However, your concerns are understandable. You need to get past these fears if you want to remain in your relationship. You might try finding a counselor or group of HIV discordant couples that can help you to cope with your fears. Talking about your concerns is likely to be very helpful.
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