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My partner is HIV positive and I am negative

May 5, 2012

Good Day,

My partner and I just did our HIV tests. He is positive and I am negative. We have been together for 7 years and have not been using protection. Do I need to worry that I have HIV and it will only show after sometime or am I somehow lucky that I did not contract it.

We have a 5 year old. Do we need to check her status also even if I(her mother) is negative?


Response from Dr. Fawcett

Thanks for writing. It's impossible to say when your partner seroconverted which would affect how long you have been at risk. In the US it is the standard to test up to six months after exposure with someone who is HIV positive. At that point a negative test is considered conclusive.

You should certainly be tested and then speak with your partner about reducing your sexual risk. Given her age, it seems unlikely that your daughter could have been exposed but you should check with your physician about what testing is indicated for her.

Don't count on luck - take action.


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