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Oct 31, 2008

hello my exposure is probably rare compared to everyone else i am in the navy and 4 months ago went overseas to Thailand and got very intoxicated and had unprotected sex with a csw when i returned home about a month later sore throat hot flashes sweaty palms loss of apetite cold sweat night sweats mouth ulcers all signs of ars so i got tested with elisa 8,10,12,14 weeks neg and oraquick advance mouth swab at 22,26 weeks neg i am still conerned because to this day i have beeb getting little folicular rashes painless mouth sores and hot flashes please help doc my wife wants to start a family and i want to be 100% sure not to infect her i have been researching hiv in thailand and it says the domanaint subtype is E aka a/e and several sites say the window period is 6 months here in the us its 3 are there different window periods in different subtypes? what test best detects subtype e?

Response from Dr. McGowan

The standard HIV Elisa and Western Blot confirmatory test will work with subtype E infections. Your symtoms may also be due to sexualy transmitted infections such as herpes simplex, gonorrhea, syphilis or LGV. You should have a thorough evaluation by an STD specialist.

Good luck,

Joe


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