|Positive male Neg Female
May 8, 2010
Hello, My wife and I have been marrried for 10 years, we have 2 wonderfull children and live the normal life of most suburbanites. Recently At a routine blood test I tested postive for HIV, I had two more tests in the days following the positive result and all came back the same. My numbers were sky high, My numbers were 200 and 70+ thousand viral load. I was put right onto atripla and my numbers returned to normal with in 7 months Thank God. My question is My wife never contracted HIV, 11 years and two kids together and nothing, not even a hint of HIV And we never used condoms from day 1 together. I know where I got it from and it was b-4 my wife and I got together. Is it pure luck she remained HIV- all these years or could she have somting blood related that keeps her from aquiring HIV? I ask my doctor about it and he says it just the luck of the draw and she should play Lotto.
| Response from Dr. Frascino
It's important to realize that every HIV exposure does not lead to HIV transmission (thankfully!). I've known many situations similar to yours and there are a number of testimonials in the archives of this forum that relate similar stories as well. Have a look! There are both viral (viral strain, viral load, etc.) and host (immune integrity, concurrent infections, local trauma, etc.) that are involved with HIV transmission. And there is a component of sexual Russian Roulette; i.e., luck. So yes indeed, your wife should not only play Lotto, but also book a trip to Vegas right away.
I would suggest both you and your wife review the information in the chapter on magnetic couples in the archives of this forum.
Good luck to you both.
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