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Question: 

I have recently been diagnosed with hiv about a month ago and all my past partners since having my daughter have been tested and they are all negative. How could this be?

Answer: 

Hi there! Thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver helpline with your HIV related questions/concerns. We're happy to help!

It's difficult for me to answer this question without having more detailed information, but I will give you the facts that I know, and you can feel free to contact us again with more info or call our helpline! This also applies if you would like support for living with HIV, we are happy to help you out!

It sounds like you're wondering how if you're HIV+, your partners could therefore be HIV(-). It may be that you had acquired it from someone previously, and never gotten tested until now.

Additionally, the partners you have wouldn't necessarily acquire it from you, as transmission isn't 100%, but the transmission rates would go up if you weren't being treated and were therefore in the acute phase.

This transmission equation may help:

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION

BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
• blood (including menstrual) • unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse • vagina
• semen • sharing needles • anus
• pre-cum • mother to child (in specific cases) • urethra in the penis
• rectal secretions • open cuts and sores (in theory)
• vaginal fluids • other mucosal membranes
• breast milk • points of needle injection

= RISK OF HIV TRANSMISSION

I'm not sure if this answers your question, so if not, please contact us back!

Sincerely,

Christina

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