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    2010 International AIDS Conference Website
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    David J Malebranche, MD, MPH posted:
    Official conference website with helpful information and updates regarding the latest findings and reports from the conference. Will be updated regularly from July 17-23, 2010, but will continue to have information, webcasts, etc, long after the conference is over, so check it out!!!
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    sweetieforver responded:
    A friend of mine, that I went through school with is laying in a hospital bed dieing from HIV, they said he had had it for 7 years and that it was the fastest growing they had ever seen, they had never seen it kill anyone in 7 years, he has known "i think" for at least 5 yrs and hadnt told ppl, I even asked him, thinking that because we had known eachother for ever he wouldnt mind telling me, he insisted that he jus "had stomach problems" its sad cause I know he has infected others and I wouldnt think they know..his ex girlfriend is stated she tested neg and they were togeter 5 years and at one point she was trying to have a baby with him.. so fa a whole nother stran of friends that dont even know this guy may be infected because no one is saying anything. so I went today and got tested myself due to my husbands cheating in the past an then sadly myself did to 2 years ago, would I be showing signs by now?
     
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    David J Malebranche, MD, MPH replied to sweetieforver's response:
    Hello,

    you may not be showing signs within 2 years, some people don't have "acute HIV syndrome," which is a flu like illness that sometimes people don't think about HIV when it happens. Its hard to predict and very individual, depending on the person. Some people get exposed and progress rapidly, and others go for years, sometimes decades without showing symptoms. The main take home message here is make HIV testing a routine part of your yearly health check up, regardless of your marital status - put it in the same breath as a yearly mammogram and cholesterol testing.

    Many people are dishonest about their status, and when they are not in care and getting treatment, can pass HIV much more easily to others. Know your own status and definitely take care of you, know your status for yourself and insist on knowing/seeing your partner's as well. Good luck and keep taking care of you...

    David


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