I’m not on treatment, how do I tell my boyfriend?
I have been positive for the past 11 month. My CD4 count is 290. I’m not yet on treatment. I’m scared to tell my boyfriend.
Answer: Lisa Thorley
Thanks for getting in touch.
Because your CD4 is 290 its important that you start medication. Not only will the meds help you, they will also reduce the risk of transmission to sexual partners to close to zero. Please see the results of the PARTNER study:
If you’d like some info about starting treatment and its benefits please see the following:
With regards to telling your boyfriend, I can’t really tell you want to do. However, have you tried talking to him about HIV? If you have, what has his reaction been? This could be an indication as to how he would take the news.
One thing to remember is that you do not need to feel ashamed of being positive. It is after all a very manageable health condition.