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Dear Dr. Lee
Apr 28, 2004

In 2001 I had intercourse with someone I knew for awhile. We apparently didn't use a condom and he ejacualted inside of me and 2 days later I went to doctor's office to do pregnancy test. The test came out negative. My only worry is that 2 years later I learned that this guy I was with in 2001 had a baby who came out HIV positive and this guy is positive himself. My question is I only had one encounter with him, can I be positive? Also, I would like to know how long does it take to see HIV symptoms being that I might have been infected in 2001? Thank you

Response from Dr. Lee

"We apparently didn't use a condom"? Please be less passive. The assertive statement: "We didn't use a condom" is more responsible. It is important that you take responsiblity for yourself. Be assertive and avoid being a passive victim.

Now for your question. 2 years after having had sex with someone who turns out to be HIV infected---YES you should be tested because all it takes is one encounter. Symptoms may not be evident for several more years (possibly when it is too late).

So, get a test. Be assertive, not passive. Use condoms.

Be well.

do I need to check or not
Please Respond!!! (not sure if infected- a worried adolescent)

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