|"HIV2 and LUPUS"
Apr 14, 2012
I was diagnosed with Discoid Lupus 2 years ago while my partner has just been diagnosed with HIV2 yesterday. We've been together for 2 years doing unprotected sex. Had HIV test 2 months ago and turned out negative. Do I need to get myself retested? Am I at great risk living with my partner? I am trying to educate myself with HIV so that we could live as normal as before. Help!
| Response from Mr. Glenn
Thanks for your question,
Both these diagnoses require that you and your partner receive regular and knowledgable medical care. That said.. there are a couple things for you to be aware of when it comes to the risk for HIV-2.
If you develop lesions, that are irritated and inflamed, then it's important to make sure that your partner's infectious body fluids stay aware from those areas. These include blood, semen, pre-cum, and vaginal fluids.
Testing again for HIV-2 is only necessary if.. 1) you didn't get a test that includes HIV 1 AND 2; also 2) if you've been at risk from your partner (e.g. unprotected sex, blood-to-blood contact) recently within the last 3 months.
Hope this helps! There's a lot more to learn, so I'd encourage you to make sure you both continue having conversations with your doctors and ask as many questions as you need to.
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