Mar 8, 2002
Dear Dr., I'm sorry having you waste your time with someone who is likely to be part of the worried well. I live in Italy and i had an unprotected insertive vaginal intercourse with a friend of mine on the first days of november. I do not have a clue about her hiv status although i should statistically think that she is negative, but, as you surely know statistics isn't an exact science. I started worrying about my possible exposure to hiv and took an EIA test 97 days later (Vidas HIV DUO, which is E.L.F.A antibody test combined with p24 detection). It fortunately came out perfectly negative. I was quite reassured by the test result but a few days after my negative result i started experiencing sore throat, a slightly swollen submandibular lymph node, fatigue and malaise (these last two possibly psichosomatic...) which lasted a few weeks. I am now waiting for the first days of may to take my confirmation test and this is scaring the living hell out of me. Maybe i should seek help from a shrink rather than a phisician but i'd like to hear a few words from you about my status. Please answer, if you can. I hope that my english is understandable. Saluti dall'italia.
Response from Dr. Frascino
Your English is fine. It's your logic that's a bit fuzzy. Your EIA and p24 antigen are negative at 97 days. That means you are HIV negative. Your sore throat and swollen gland are unrelated to HIV. I agree your fatigue and malaise are probably related to your stress and anxiety, again not HIV.
You don't need another HIV test; you need a shot of anisette!!! And a toast to your good fortune and good health.
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