Dear Shan Tellem,
I’ve never been so confused in my life. My girlfriend broke up with me for getting tested for HIV. She is allergic to latex condoms and wanted us to have unprotected sex. So I did what I thought was the sensible thing and went and got tested for HIV—something I had not done in years. I did it for her, but I also did it for myself. Instead of being relieved at my negative status and consideration for both of our health, she ridiculed me and accused me of not trusting her, and no longer wants to date me! What the hell did I do? Am I wrong for being conscious of my and my lady’s health?
Lost and Confused
The short answer to your question is that you did right by getting tested, and something is truly wrong with your girlfriend for getting upset at you for being proactive when it comes to your health. This is by far the strangest advice submission that I’ve ever received. More than 1.2 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV and almost 1 in 8 (12.8%) are unaware that they have the disease. HIV is rampant within the African American community, with Blacks representing 44 percent of new HIV cases despite making up just 12 percent of the U.S. population.
HIV is a disease that tends to lie dormant in the human body. It can take years for it to become detectable in some cases, so no matter how faithful you might be, you risk infecting your partner accidentally if you’ve had sex with an infected party. So getting tested, no matter how committed you’ve been to your girlfriend, is always a damn good move.
As for her reaction, my guess is that it could come from one of two places: One, she’s severely insecure and/or Two, she’s keeping a secret that she doesn’t want you to know about.
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