questions about HIV - reentering dating at 47
Jan 10, 2009
I have heard that if you had unprotected sex once with a man who's had sex with a man, the risk of contracting HIV lasts for a minimum of five years...true?
Response from Dr. Frascino
Exactly where did you hear that? Fox News? The Vatican-blessed Science Network? Mormon Bible camp?
Remember when your mother told you: "Don't believe everything you hear?" Well, this is one of those cases! Five years? No, of course not. HIV is a virus. It (unlike the Mormon Church) doesn't care if you're gay, straight, bi-curious or Republican closeted. The "window period" between HIV infection and the detection of anti-HIV-antibodies in the blood (testing HIV positive) is exactly the same for everyone. It's usually defined as the first three months after primary HIV infection (six months for some situations, such as an occupational exposure). Testing HIV negative outside the window period is considered to be definitive whether you are straight as a lawn dart or gay enough to bottom for Liberace.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- When Would Know If You Have Herpes After Coming In Contact?
- What Natural Herb Can Be Used To Treat Chlamydia?
- What Are The Odds Of Contracting Genital Herpes After Sleeping With Someone Who Has It But Not An Outbreak?
- Tremors From Shingles
- Topical Cream For Shingles And Nerve Pain
- Syphilis And Diarrhea
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.