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My girlfriend of 1 year tested Negative, I'm I negative also?

Mar 23, 2009

Hello Dr. Frascino, thanks for the time to read my question. This website is vary useful. I am a straight male and I had unprotected sex with 5 girls before I met my current girlfriend. We been in a faithful relationship for about 1 year now. During this time my girlfriend and I had sex at least 100 times all unprotected and sometimes anal sex. She got a HIV rapid figer prick test few days ago and test result came back negative. Does that mean I most likly negative also? What are my chance of being positive? I plan on getting tested soon but still nervous. And what about other STD, I feel fine is there any necessary I need to be tested for other STD? Thanks for your time, hope to hear back from you soon.

Response from Dr. Frascino


Sorry Charlie. You can't use your girlfriend as a surrogate to determine your HIV status! A quick read through the archives will demonstrate there are many cases where one partner is HIV positive and despite numerous unprotected sexual encounters with her mate did not transmit the virus! The only way to determine your own HIV status is to get your own HIV test! I agree with your plan to be "tested soon." As for other STDs, if you've placed yourself at risk in the past and you want to check to make sure you don't have anything, an STD screen is very simple to perform. I'd suggest you get screened to put any residual worries permanently to rest. The odds are all in your favor that you are not infected with STDs, including HIV.

Good luck.

Dr. Bob

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