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Need info on sons risk with HIV+ wife.
      #2320 - 04/04/00 08:32 PM

My son, and only child visited recently..just turned 21, married for 3 months..to a girl know for 3 months before. He is heterosexual, non IUD no STD's. I have just been told she is HIV + and has been for 4 years. cd 4 count of 214..unsure of viral load. They maintain they have always had protected sex. Little girl 2 1/2 not infected. Not my son's. He is in Navy. Has not been tested recently. What is his risk..what should we be expecting for her. She is on one medication now and did not know name. Any info gratefully



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Re: Need info on sons risk with HIV+ wife. new
      #2321 - 04/04/00 08:33 PM

>>>My son, and only child visited recently..just turned 21, married for 3 months..to a girl know for 3 months before. He is heterosexual, non IUD no STD's. I have just been told she is HIV + and has been for 4 years. cd 4 count of 214..unsure of viral load. They maintain they have always had protected sex. Little girl 2 1/2 not infected. Not my son's. He is in Navy. Has not been tested recently. What is his risk..what should we be expecting for her. She is on one medication now and did not know name. Any info gratefully received


Well, if they are having protected sex (and I'd like to know how they define that) all the time, they are reducing the risk very significantly. In ongoing studies of serodiscordant couples (one's positive; one's negative), among couples that consistently and correctly use condoms, the rate of seroconversion of negative partners is around 2 percent (this is over the course of several years). So condoms do work if they are used properly.

If he's in the Navy, he should be ordered to have a test every year, so if he hasn't had one in a while, he will be getting one shortly, I'm sure.

While I am NOT a medical doctor, I am alarmed that your daughter-in-law is receiving monotherapy treatment (just one drug). I don't know any reputable HIV-knowledgeable physician who is still prescribing only one drug (probably AZT). Certainly no official guidelines are recommending monotherapy. That's simply not a wise decision.

Her CD-4 count is 214, meaning she may be close to an AIDS diagnosis (which occurs if CD-4s fall below 200 and other criteria regarding opportunistic infections are met). She really needs to have a viral load done. And for God's sake, get her to a doctor who either specializes in HIV, is a hematologist/oncologist, or is an infectious disease specialist. You simply cannot do HIV part-time and be good at it anymore, physician-wise.

Best of luck to you all.

David




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Steve
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Re: Need info on sons risk with HIV+ wife. new
      #2323 - 04/04/00 08:34 PM

She needs your support--not suspician. Make believe it is cancer--or other life-threatening disease. (this way you will see how you would react differently) Ask how you can help. If you know a good HIV specialist tell her about this person. Talk to your SON about prevention not to her. Realize that he is a very very special man to stand behind his wife with this stigmatized disease. What a loving boy you have raised! Tell him that! Good luck!



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Re: Need info on sons risk with HIV+ wife. new
      #2326 - 04/04/00 08:35 PM

I agree that I have raised a great son...however, I do not agree with the comparison to cancer. I am not judging this girl. I am however tht my son has a risk of being infected, something not possible with cancer (it's not contagious). I feel that withou proper research on their parts, they both acted hastily, it is their ignorance not, he disease that frightens me. Thank you for your good wishes




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