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Author Topic: Is it possible to be a carrier?  (Read 1018 times)

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Offline skips

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Is it possible to be a carrier?
« on: February 05, 2012, 12:27:01 PM »
Apologies if this is the wrong forum, I couldn't see anywhere more appropriate to put the topic.

So my story starts about 8 years ago when I went for and HIV test, I was about 19. The test was positive (they said slightly positive), and they said they needed to perform a further test. They did this and I can't remember the result. They then said I needed another test, from a different clinic, which I did. It was negative.

My partner tested negative first time.

My partner and I then had unprotected sex for years.

Fast forward to us having an open relationship, with both of us being safe with others.

My partner tests positive for HIV.

He contacts his partners, they all say they have been for a test and are negative. One or more could be lying, I grant you.

I am tested and am negative, despite having repeated unprotected sex with each other.

My question now, is it possible for me to be a carrier and infect others whilst testing negative myself?

This might sound like a stupid question, and as a person who considers themselves educated I think it a stupid question, but I needed to put the question out there. Has anyone even considered this in the medical community?

Thank you

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Is it possible to be a carrier?
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2012, 01:10:21 PM »
Let's keep this simple. A positive test for HIV is always confirmed by a western blot test. If the western blot is negative that trumps the previous positive. And you are HIV negative.

There are any number of reasons why you have not thus far tested positive after unprotected intercourse with your partner. But you have not apparently tested positive and you cannot be a "carrier" of a virus you don't have.

You do need to be aware that anytime and everytime you have unprotected intercourse you are putting your health and your life at risk. Being with an HIV+ partner is not a risk as long as the insertive partner is always wearing a condom. No exceptions.

If you have had unprotected intercourse then you should get tested at 3 months after the most recent such incident to confirm what is hopefully still your negative status.
Andy Velez


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