get married to a recently diagnosed male partner
Aug 30, 2006
dear doctor, me and my fiance are both newly graduated doctors, we are so desparte we need your help please calm us down, recently his two ELISA tests went positive and the western blot also, he is in shock now, my familly are so worried ca we continue on and get married how can i protect my self what is the next step for him, we live in aommunity that HIV is not a subject to talk about help me please
Response from Dr. Frascino
Getting a positive HIV diagnosis is indeed a shock, and a period of adjustment to this new reality is to be expected. Are you a newly graduated "medical" doctor? If so, you should have learned quite a bit about HIV during your training. If not, I suggest you begin by reviewing the wealth of information on this site and its related links. Begin by clicking on the Quick Links that can be easily accessed on The Body's homepage. Begin with the "Just Diagnosed" category and proceed on from there. I would also suggest you review the information in the archives of this forum under the heading of "Magnetic Couples" (one poz, one neg.).
Can you still get married? Yes, certainly.
Finally, if no one in your community is talking about HIV/AIDS, then take this opportunity to open the discussion. Become an advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness.
I'm here if you need me. And please note I'm HIV positive and have been in a wonderfully supportive and loving relationship for 13 years. Steve (Dr. Steve in The Body's Tratamientos Forum) and I would have been married long ago, except Dubya and the rightwing extra-chromosome Christian zealots believe that if our union were legally recognized, it would somehow destabilize Western Civilization.
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