Doctor told me I don't need HIV test
August 25, 2012 6:50 PM Subscribe
Does it make sense for my doctor to tell me I don't need an HIV test, because I'm a heterosexual male and I only had unprotected sex with one person in the last 6 months?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (33 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I am a male and I had a drunken one-night stand with a random girl back in February. I didn't use a condom.
I went to my doctor and asked for a full test, but he told me I don't need one for HIV, and if it were any other STI's, "You would most likely have symptoms already." He said that since I am a heterosexual male and it was only one person I had unprotected sex with, that it was a pretty low risk, so no need to test for it.
I read that sexually active people should be tested every 6 months.
Is this normal for my doctor to tell me not to have an HIV test? Isn't this dangerous for the next person I have sex with. I know it was only one girl who I was unprotected with, but I don't know her. What if she had HIV?
I feel weird about this. Should I?