Anonymous
am 30 years old,when I was 20 I got exposed to HIV and got tested.the results was negative.but people kept saying I have HIV.I got married n have two kids now.my test was negative during pregnancy my kids are 5 and 3 now n looking health but people keep accusing me of infecting my kids knowingly.was my test results wrong?is the hospital hiding something?they created stories relating me to prostitution, cheating,stealing n all nasty things.we haven't tested yet again but already feel attacked every single day.what should I do?help me.
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Anonymous
Thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver.

It sounds like you're having a tough time, and I hope the following information will be of help to you.

The first thing I would say is that you probably can rely on the previous test results. HIV tests are considered conclusive in British Columbia when they are taken twelve or more weeks after the possible exposure. So a test taken many years after exposure ought to be conclusive, especially if it was taken by trained medical professionals. And if you were tested during each of your pregnancies you have not one but two tests to rely on.

Still, if it would provide you more peace of mind, you can certainly partner with a doctor to get tested again. Those results would be considered conclusive for any exposure that happened when you were 20.

Finally, if you are worried about the hospital lying to you about your results (a situation that would be extremely unusual), you might want to discuss this concern with your doctor and/or the administrators of that facility, who are responsible for ensuring the safety of their staff and patients. Additionally, we understand that HIV is a subject with a lot of stigma attached to it. We may suggest reaching out to your healthcare professional to start a conversation about other supports that may be available to you and your family if you feel it is necessary.

Your in health,

Matt, AIDS Vancouver Volunteer


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