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I need some advice and have a question. My partner died of AIDS nine years ago. I tested negative at the time and have been tested about five times over the years to be sure I was still negative. All these tests showed me as negative also. Can HIV be lying dormant in my system and come out as positive some day, or can I be sure at this point that I am completely safe and can rely on the negative results? I don't want to put anyone at risk.

A negative HIV test means that your body has not produced antibodies in response to the virus. In our understanding of HIV, everyone who is infected with HIV produces these antibodies. The tests are very accurate. A repeatedly negative antibody test indicates that you are not infected with HIV.

To your health,
Dr. K

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