Nov 27, 2006
Dear Dr. Frascino: Here's the deal: While traveling for business in Africa in September, I had consistent protected sex with a female sex worker, and then we finished by her performing unprotected oral sex on yours truly. I am married with a young infant, and I have been wracked with guilt over this (for fear if I have HIV I could potentially pass it on to my wife and my baby via breastmilk). It was a one-time encounter, I have been otherwise faithful to my dear wife, and I just hate myself over this. I have also been paranoid that I was more at risk because the locale was Africa, though, as I have read up, I have learned possible co-factors for the increased prevalence of AIDS in AFrica is due to unchecked STDs, and possibly also because circumcision is less common as well--I am both circumcised and recently passed a clean STD scan. In any event, I went and got a HIV test today, just 2 weeks shy of the three-month point. I was told I was negative (woo-hoo!). But that woo-hoo only lasted a couple of hours, because I called the clinic back to double-check that the test also tested for HIV-2 (it does), and I asked if I they were sure I hadn't gotten tested too early. They told me then that the only definitive time-span is 6 months. I thought it was 3 months! Should I be concerned? Was this test invalid? Do I need to worry for another 3 months and two weeks? Did I get tested too early? I can't bear another 3 months (plus 2 weeks) of worrying about this. Thanks for any insight you can provide. Yours, Joseph
Response from Dr. Frascino
This forum is dedicated to HIV-positive folks, particularly those who have concerns related to fatigue and/or anemia. Questions related to HIV transmission, prevention, safer sex, HIV testing and risk should be sent to Dr. Bob at his "Safe Sex and HIV Prevention" expert forum. Please resubmit your question there using the same title and add the phrase, "resubmitted form the Fatigue and Anemia Forum." Thank you.
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