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Telling Others You're HIV Positive

Special Situations People You May Have Exposed to HIV: It can be very difficult to disclose your status to sexual partners or people you shared needles with. However, it is very important that they know so they can decide to get tested and, if they test positive, get the health care they need. The Department of Health can tell people you might have exposed, without using your name. Employers: You may want to tell your employer if your HIV...
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Telling my partner I'm positive

How should I tell my partner that I am positive? Should I sit him down and come out and say it, should I take him out for a nice dinner then tell him after he's finished his steak? We are a gay couple and we've been intimate and I see our...
David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Response from David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

South Florida Center for Counseling and Therapy
Disclosure is a difficult issue and best handled, for obvious reasons, early in any relationship. I believe it's important to have this discussion in a private space where both individuals are safe to express their feelings. Such... Read more »

Telling your partner (DISCLOSURE, DISCLOSURE LAWS)

RobI have seen HIV+ people getting sentenced to life imprison for not telling their partners before having unprotected sex and infecting them with HIV. Now, my question is this, If I decide to have sex with condom without telling my partner about my...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,You raise multiple questions that have somewhat complex answers. Consequently, I'll repost several questions from the archives that address your various concerns.Dr. BobLegal action against HIV+ve personApr 5, 2006 I feel sympathetic for... Read more »

How infectuous am I? Should I tell? (DISCLOSURE, DISCLOSURE LAWS)

Dear Dr. Bob,I am a women and found out I am HIV positive some 10 months ago. I'm happy and healthy, and open about my status to my friends, family, and colleagues.I'm not on medication, but my viral load has remained undetectable at all...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Disclosure is always a sensitive and challenging issue for us "virally enhanced" folks. Rather than deciding not to disclose, perhaps you should take this opportunity to educate these sorry sods! I should also point out there are now... Read more »

partners having unprotected sex with different strains (SEX BETWEEN TWO HIV POSITIVE PARTNERS, 2011)

when i was diagnosed my doctor told me that i am classified as HIV strain 2 and with cd4 count of 5 as of 2007 and now 1095 of october 2010...i have a partner and the doctor told him that his HIV 1 & 2 strain and not taking medications yet...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Even between two HIV positives, unprotected sex remains risky business. Yes, it is possible to acquire a second more virulent or resistant strain of HIV by having bareback sex with another HIVer. (See below.) You report you decided to have... Read more »
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Telling your partner

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
Guys, I know some of you out there are probably feeling very guilty about your exposures and I'm sure you don't know if you should tell your partners or not. I had the same nightmare and just wanted to share my thoughts with you...

Every relationship... Read more »

TELLING SEX PARTNERS YOUR STATUS

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
JUST DIAGNOSED IN FEBRUARY...cd4 WENT UP FROM 316 TO 470 AND VIRAL LOAD DROPPED 68,000 TO 24,000....NOT ON MEDS, DR WATCHING ME...

I AM SINGLE AND ENJOY SEX...SHOULD I TELL ALL I ENCOUNTER THAT ARE POTENTIAL SEX PARTNERS..OR ONLY THOSE WHO WANT TO... Read more »

To tell or not to tell?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I told my husband about what I did. Was I wrong or selfish for doing so? Would you rather be lied to if you ask someone if they have cheated? I felt I put my partner in danger and that he had the right to know. Not to hurt him, so he would not... Read more »

Telling my family

Posted by workaholic, 5 Replies
I was recently diagnosed on April 14, 2011. I have since told my best friend, my partner and my sister and brother-in-law. Besides my parents... these are the closest people to me in the world. My situation is..... I am terrified on how to tell... Read more »