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Jul 2, 2010

Dr. I met a guy online who informed me he was Neg. We started having sex three different time with out a condom but then stopped and I asked him to put one on. The next thing I knew, someone told me he was HIV Positive. So I asked him to get tested with me, and his test came back that he was poisitive. So now, my question is am I positive? I have been tested and I am still negitive but its only been 2 weeks since the last time we had sex. So what is my risk level? What do I do from here? I'm so scared... I do not think I can live with this disease. Please help me I'm going nuts!

Response from Dr. Frascino


You broke Dr. Bob's two cardinal rules for safer sex:

Cardinal Rule #1: Consider all sexual partners could be HIV infected and take all the necessary precautions to prevent spread of the virus (use latex condoms for all penetrative sex).

Cardinal Rule #2: Always remember cardinal rule #1!

Personally I wouldn't believe someone's claim to be HIV negative, even if he strapped a lie detector onto his throbbing tallywhacker. Remember, 20% of the over one million HIV-infected Americans have absolutely no idea they are infected by the virus.

As for assessing your risk, unsafe sex places you at some degree of risk for STDs, including HIV. The degree of risk depends on many factors, including type of sex (oral, anal, vaginal), viral strain, viral load, immune system integrity, local trauma, concurrent infection, etc. You can read much more about HIV statistical risks in the archives of this forum.

If you've had a significant HIV exposure, you'll need additional HIV-antibody testing at both the three- and six-month marks.

Hopefully this experience will serve as a wakeup call for you to never put yourself at risk again.

Good luck! I'm here if you need me, OK?

Dr. Bob

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