Can HIV lay dormant and not be detectable for 10 years?
Hi, I have been married for 10 yrs and when I became pregnant when I was 13 week's pregnant I had a cervical cerclage put on so my husband and I didn't have any intercourse within 6 months. When I was 7 months pregnant we both got tested for HIV, I was negative but he was positive.
After the baby was born he was tested (the baby) and also was negative still after 10 yrs. I get tested every 6 months for HIV and I am still negative. My husband a little after being diagnosed as positive was also diagnosed with having full blown AIDS. I never had sex with him without protection after that but still get tested every 6 months. Should I worry? Does it stay dormant for this long?
By the way we are no longer together but should I still worry and keep testing every 6 months,I just found out he is Bisexual and uses drugs, so I believe during this time when we were NOT having sex for those 6 months he had contact with someone and contracted the virus while out on many drug binges.
Can it be that he cheated at that time and that's why I am still negative? I just got tested again about 3 months ago and I'm still negative even after 10 yrs. I still test negative, should I still worry?
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It sounds like you got lucky that you and your son weren't infected but what you should know is that there is no need for further testing because of your experiences with your ex husband.
There has never been a case where it lies dormant for that long. Testing today is so sensitive and specific that there is no way that it would not be detected by now.
Having said that, I'll also add that periodic testing is an important piece in practicing a good sexual health regime, for anyone that is sexually active.
Please let us know if we can direct you to any further information.
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