Take a deep breath and relax. The chances that you have HIV are very, very low. Why? Well first of all, because he was probably not infected. Even with his troublesome history, odds are that he was not infected. Second, each act of vaginal intercourse with an infected partner caries a less than 1 in 1000 chance of transmitting infected, thus after 10 exposures your chances of infection are still less than 1 in 000, IF HE WAS INFECTED AND THIS IS UNLIKELY. Finally, you were probably tested for HIV during your pregnancy, whether you know it or not. You can check with your OB but HIV testing is recommended for all pregnant women and they should have your test result. The result from your prenatal screening should be reassuring while you wait for the more definitive answer from your more recent test.
Remember, your chances of being infected are very low. Hope this helps. EWH
Is HIV not as easily contracted as most people think? Why do so many people have it?
DRUGS - NEEDLE USE
CHILD BIRTHS - A TON IN AFRICA ALONE
HOSPITALS IN POVERTY AREAS
PROSTITUTION-MUTIPLE PARTNERS A DAY/WEEK/MONTH/YEAR
YOU PUT ALL THESE TOGETHER AND YOU CAN PIN POINT ON THE MAP WHERE YOU THINK MORE PEOPLE GET INFECTED. AFRICA/CHINA/INDIA/ AND SO FORTH.
A good question with a complex answer. Some points to remember.
People do not get infected with any infectious disease every time they are exposed. Their chance of infection changes depending on the intensity of exposure (how close, how long, how many times is one exposed). think of your own experience with colds and the flu. You have no doubt been exposed plenty of times when you did not become infected.
Now lets move on to HIV. First, type of exposure is important. Odds of transmission - 1 in 100 for rectal sex, 1 in 1-2000 for penile-vaginal sex, 1 in 10-20,000 for oral sex. Sure some real unlucky people get it on their first exposure but conversely some don't get it until their 100th or 1000th exposure. Then, these risks are also modified by other factors such as coexistent STDs for instance which can increase the probability of transmission or condoms which can reduce it. Putting all this together, along with the fact that overall HIV is not that common (less that 1/2 of 1% of all Americans have HIV, overall) the risk is relatively low.
Having just said it is relatively low for many people, now let me say it is also too high (and higher for some subgroups in whom the infection is more common than in others, men who have sex with other men for instance). Why, because it is preventable by knowing one's partners and their risk, taking precautions (condoms, etc),etc. The purpose of this site is to help that process by helping persons to judge their risk and to help advise them as to logical steps in taking care of themselves. I hope we accomplish that. EWH
I have had a vaginal yeast infection that goes away with treatment and comes back within a week. I have used Diflucan, Terazol, and Monistat. I didn't mention it in the above question because I thought it was gone, but it has come back. There is no discharge and no odor...just red, itchy, and swelling. I have not had sex since I left my ex-husband two years ago, so it can't be an STD. My last pap smear was 6 months ago. It was normal. I have read that a recurrent vaginal yeast infection could be the first sign in women of HIV infection. Is this true and how common is it? I do not have flu-like symptoms, no swollen lymph nodes, nothing but a yeast infection.
Your answers are so enlighting and the fact you bring a broader spectrum makes people @ ease. The internet is a HORRIBLE place to read about HIV especially if ya just go to google..However I find The Doctors here are VERY KNOWLEDGABLE !! Kudo's.