|Could I have AIDS?
Mar 29, 1999
I've been married for five years, and have one 3 year old child and one new baby due in July. My wife recently was tested by her OBGYN for HIV and the results were negative. I was relieved when her test came back negative. However, I was pretty permiscuous in College. I also had protected(with a condom) sex with a prostetute in 1991. I'm scared to death to get tested, but I know I should. Please tell me, considering my wife and child not having HIV, my odds of having it.Thanks.
| Response from Mr. Shernoff
The only way you can know for certain whether or not you have HIV is to get a test. Your fears sound very excessive to me if you are telling the truth about not having had sex outside your marriage since 1991, and that was with a condom. But since you are saying that you are very frightened then by all means go for a test to calm yourself. My only caveat is that in my professional experience, people who are as worried as you are about having HIV, and do not really have a high risk factor sometimes do not believe the test results even if they test negtive. Michael Shernoff, MSW
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