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  Sexually transmitted diseases - HIV: Chances of infection
 
Although I am clean now, I was an intravenous drug user when I was a teenager. I have tested negative for HIV regularly over the past few years, but now that I am pregnant I am afraid about my past.

You do fall into the high risk category for HIV infection. In addition to intravenous drug users, this group includes haemophiliacs. Having sexual relations with a man who has been in a gay relationship or used drugs will also increase your chance of contracting the virus. However the fact that several years have passed and you have remained clean is good news. All you can do is continue to test regularly, and take extremely good care of yourself. You should also consider counseling, where you can discuss your fears with a qualified counsellor who will be able to give you the appropriate support and advice.

See also:

Sexually Transmitted Diseases - Effects on baby

Sexually Transmitted Diseases - Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)

Sexually Transmitted Diseases - Chlamydia

Sexually Transmitted Diseases - Genital Herpes

Sexually Transmitted Diseases - Genital warts and HPV

Sexually Transmitted Diseases - Gonorrhoea

Sexually Transmitted Diseases - HIV: Implications

Sexually Transmitted Diseases - HIV: Testing

Sexually Transmitted Diseases - HIV: Syphilis

Sexually Transmitted Diseases - HIV: Trichomoniasis

 
   
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