Re: Being a carrier with a neg. test result?
I'd be interested to know where you've heard that you can test negative 10 years and still have HIV. From everything I've read, which is extensive and includes most of the "experts" on the virus, it is very rare to take longer than 6 months - a year in the most very rare of instances - for a person to test positive.
You can be a carrier for many STDs and have the blood work test negative if you're in a window period. HIV is 3 months to a year, herpes, syphillis, and gonnorhea are somewhere around 6 weeks, I believe. If you're testing negative for everything say a year after a possible exposure, then you're not carrying anything... except for maybe HPV.
Doctors recommend testing every 6 months if you're not in a monogomous relationship because that's a good time frame for everything, including HIV, to have shown up in your system.