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please please please please please; swollen lymph nodes
Feb 2, 2002

I had unsafe sex from 91-94 and I started having mouth symptoms in 97 so I tested for HIV; it came back neg; then I tested again in 98 negative again; then july 2001 I started getting seborrhea on my face. In Sept 2001 I found a lymph node under my arm; I went for a CT scan and I was told I have bilateral swollen nodes axilla only 1.5cm. In 2001 I tested again negative all these were with ELISA test, with this many test and no exposure since 94. Could I still be HIV positive and not showing. I deeply thank you for taking time to answer my questions

Response from Dr. Dezube

I would seriously doubt that you have HIV infection given your repeated negative HIV tests and given no exposure since 1994. Lymph nodes under the armpit are very common. Even minor cuts and scratches on the arms can cause lymph node swelling. Lymph nodes, which are in the 1.5 cm range, are not particularly enlarged. We worry more when lymph node are larger than this (e.g. larger than 2.0 cm) or if they are growing; in your case they are not growing. There's no way I can tell you specifically what is going on, but I can say, that the long-term nature of your symptoms is somewhat reassuring (in other words, an aggressive infection or tumor would have caused more problems by now). I would suggest that you follow up with your health care provider.


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