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After every HIV symptom, a woohoo!
Dec 21, 2005

I have to add my voice to the chorus: Do NOT self-diagnose! Get tested!

Four months ago, over the course of several weeks, I had repeated unprotected vaginal sex (including during menstruation) with a woman I thought had been monogamous with me since she'd tested HIV negative a year before. At the end of this two weeks of intercourse she developed a fever and sore throat; I week later I did as well. I soon went to the doctor, who said I did NOT have strep and asked me about my sexual activity. Suddenly I became concerned; I confronted the woman and learned that she'd in fact been having unprotected sex with another man as well.

My sore throat persisted for months and developed into constantly painfully swollen glands. I became so convinced that I was HIV positive that I began planning my post-diagnosis life. After all, I had all the key signs of acute HIV infection, after having had sex with a woman who, I presumed, must have been at her most infectious (during seroconversion) and with blood contact (increasing the risk of transmission).

Finally I bit the bullet and got tested. Yesterday, the call: No HIV.

This would be a woohoo, except there's also a cautionary tale: my swollen lymph nodes weren't simply psychosomatic; they remain painfully swollen. So, for four months, I've neglected to get treatment for something that obviously SHOULD be looked at, all the while wrongly fearing I had HIV.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

Welcome to the "chorus!" And just in time for some Holiday Caroling, I might add!

Thanks for your comments!

Happy Holidays.

Dr. Bob


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