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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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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 »

Can DoctorsTell how someone got HIV?

I was recently diagnosed IV+. I'm not exactly sure how I got it though. I work as a police officer and have come across lots of blood. It was reported to me by a hospital in 1996 that a person I arrested and got tons of his blood all over me...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
From a practical perspective it would be difficult to prove that you acquired the infection from this person. Even in situations involving recent infections when you have matched blood samples it can be difficult to link HIV infection in two... Read more »

telling doctors

My sister's riend works for a dentist....is it true that an HIV paients has to tell her that he/she has the virus???...
Lynne Gabriel

Response from Lynne Gabriel

WorkPositive, Inc.
Dentists and other healthcare workers use universal precautions. This means using a barrier (latex gloves)whenever blood is present. This protects them, not only from HIV, but from a host of other bloodborne pathogens. This eliminates the need... Read more »

Taking uridine suplements without telling my Doctor

I am a 37 year old male from Spain and I am about to start my first regime of HIV medications: combivir+sustiva. I am afraid of side effects. Specially mithocondrial toxicity. I know the benefits or uridine have not been well evaluated. But I found...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
I can't comment on whether the form of uridine in the supplement you descrive would be expected to either treat or prevent mitochondrial toxicity. One other approach would be to ask your doctor whether Sustiva plus tenofovor + FTC or Sustiva +... Read more »
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Too early too tell?

Posted by Zina28, 1 Reply
15 days ago I had unprotected vaginal and anal sex. I have HSV2 so I know Im at higher risk for contracting HIV. 10 days after the encounter I got a sore throat and swollen glands. I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with strep. The test almost... 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 »

Telling my teenager

Posted by pecanqtee, 4 Replies
I have been living with HIV for almost 3 years. The only people who know my status are my mother, her husband, my aunt, my best friend, and my partner. I am the mother of a wonderful 15 year old son and sister to a fantastic younger brother. I... Read more »

A question about telling friends/family

Posted by unseenparagon, 4 Replies
Hi, again. I am really enjoying this site. I think it has a lot of information and very supportive people. So- I have a question...When do you tell friends and family? Do you wait till your numbers go down and your starting to get sick? OR Do... Read more »