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Thank you for your answer. I am going to get tested for HIV just to be sure for my new partner, but I am so scared of the results. Over the past 20 years, I've been on 6mp for about 8 of them. Would it then be fair to say, given my history of taking immunosuppressants, chances are that I do not have HIV? That I would have already have had full blown AIDS by now?
My risk factors, my doctor said, are low. I haven't used IV drugs since 1978 and was married to one man for 25 years until he passed away 4 years ago. Neither of us had affairs and he had himself tested before we met. I hadn't had sex since he died until a few months ago & this new man & I were safe and he's tested negative.
I guess, the deal is, the more sure I am that it is unlikely I have it, the calmer I will be as I wait for the results. And, like everyone else, I can't stand being stressed out (and the colitis doesn't like it either).
Thank you so much for your support. Your answer confirming my doctor's answer helped me to get some sleep last night.
Early this morning, doctor called to say HIV was negative, as you said it should be, Phew!