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Can I put my "stupid" mistake behind me?
May 17, 2001

My story: About nine years ago, I had "high risk" sex with condom failure in Central America. About a month later, I became ill, fever, swollen glands (first time in my life), etc., so I associated it with seroconversion. Since that time, I've tested myself about 15 times for HIV-1 and HIV-2, all non-reactive. At the 8 year point I had a CD-4 count performed, which was over 1000. Most recently, no viral load on a Chiron HIV-1 RNA DNA test. Can I put this "stupid" mistake behind me?

Response from Dr. Dezube

Yes you can put your "stupid" mistake behind you. HOWEVER, if you do not learn from the past, then you are destined to repeat such a mistake in the future.

I'm a pretty judgmentless guy. I only use the word "stupid" since you used the word. BD.

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