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this is for my cousin...aids from heroin?
Oct 28, 2001

hi!~ my cousin recently had unprotected sex with this guy and she said that he has a background that is very sexually promiscuous. She thinks he might have done heroin also by a needle and is unsure if she has HIV/AIDS. She doesn't want to go get tested b/c she is scared that she might test positive but what can i tell her so that she will get tested? thanks so much.

Response from Mr. Kull

It sounds like there are some unknowns about your cousin's partner. Saying that he is "sexually promiscuous" or that "he might have done heroin" is not a reliable way to determine whether or not someone is infected with HIV. If he has had unprotected sex with an HIV infected person or has SHARED needles (not just injected heroin) with someone who is HIV positive, then he, and your cousin, are at risk for infection. It just sounds like there are too many unknowns.

That being said, it is understandable that you are concerned for your cousin's health. She may be at risk for infection and testing is the best way to find out one's HIV status. Ultimately the decision is going to be hers, and that's the way it should be. One way to approach this is to be supportive, listen to what she has to say and her concerns, and let her come to a decision on her own. Pushing may contribute to her feeling less understood and more unwilling to talk about her feelings.

RMK



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