Do my kids need to be tested?
Jan 6, 2009
My husband of 12 years was recently diagnosed as HIV+. I was immediately tested and was negative. I will take another test in 2 months. His cd4 count was 193 which the doctor told him was statistically AIDS. Our kids are 11,8,7. Do they need to be tested? Also, is it possible that my next test will also be negative?
Response from Dr. Frascino
Your husband's CD4 count of 193 does qualify for an AIDS diagnosis (CD4 count less than 200). This low CD4 count is an indication that your husband most likely has been HIV infected for a number of years, perhaps as many as 5 to 10. Consequently I would recommend all three children get an HIV-antibody test.
That you tested negative is very encouraging. However, you will need additional HIV-antibody testing at three and six months from the time of your last potential exposure (unprotected sex). Is it possible you could continue to test HIV negative? Yes, it's possible. Luckily not every HIV exposure leads to HIV transmission. Check out the testimonials in the archives and you'll find others who found themselves in situations similar to yours and yet remained conclusively HIV negative.
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