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Symptoms are definate, ELISA is negative- 1 year out
Jun 30, 2008


I am a 43 yr old male who had unprotected sex with a female 1 year ago. She has had issues for numerous years with rhumatodial arthritis. (which I understand can be a symptom?) Three weeks after our contact, I acquired a shignles like rash on my torso. Now, one year later, numerous lymph nodes under both arms have swelled. I have had Elisa(1/2) tests twice over the past month and both are negative. I am truly worried sick for my family. Considering the symptoms, should I get VL testing/Western Blot test or am I worring for nothing.

Response from Dr. McGowan

With two negative HIV 1/2 tests your risk of having contracted HIV due to unprotected sex one year ago is extremely unlikely and I would not suggest further testing unless you have had another exposure that puts you at risk.

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