HIV PANIC

Question

I recently found out that a past sexual partner of mine recently tested HIV+. During these sexual encounters, I was on the receiving end which is the more dangerous side as far as contracting HIV is concerned. We haven't had sex in 2.5-3 years and during those years I've not really had any major health concerns. I've had the typical amount of things like strep, sinus infection, etc. Within the past year however, I got MRSA twice. I got it from leaving a cut untreated and uncovered that I got in a science lab. I got rid of the infection relatively easy but my doctor warned the first time that it's common to spread it to yourself multiple times. After completing my second round of antibiotics to treat MRSA, I got thrush which my GP assured me was also common with prolonged use of strong antibiotics. I also recently got thrush, an oral yeast infection, after completing a cycle of doxycycline. These thrush infections were probably 6 months or so apart. I'm currently on clotraizamole and everything is getting better. QUESTION: I've read thrush is the most common opportunistic infection associated with HIV infection, should I be worried? Could I be immunocompromised? Please answer as I am FREAKING OUT.

Answer

Hello FREAKING OUT,

Bouts of thrush following antibiotic use are quite common. I agree with your doctor. This does not suggest you are immunocompromised.

If you had unprotected sex, you have placed yourself at some degree of risk for STDs, including HIV. Consequently, whether or not you subsequently learned your mattress-mate is virally enhanced, you should get an HIV-antibody test. It is the only way to determine if you contracted the virus.

Good luck.

Dr. Bob