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Could mono and HIV be linked?
Mar 8, 2008

Hi, I am a 21 year old male and during the month of Jan I became terribly ill. Maybe about the 3rd week in Jan and it lasted for about 3 weeks. I had terrible stomach pains, fevers, felt weak, vomited like maybe twice, loss of apetite, and a lil bit of fatigue. I also had a sore throat during the first couple days of the sickness. But before this sickness began, I had became sick like twice before within 3 weeks but it was mild. A headache and sore throat, a little coughing with mucus, but it didnt last no longer then maybe 3 or 4 days. But this sickness lasted about 3 weeks. I was cared for by two different Medical Docters. The first one I saw diagnosed my sickness as an Upper Respiratory Infection, Pharyngitis and Laryngitis, and some viral symptoms. He gave me a shot for the strep throat he said and sum pills to take for it also and sent me home. By the next week I still wasnt feeling better so I went and saw another docter. This time they took blood work and urine from me and did lab test. The test came back and the docter said it was a Urinary Tract Infection in which I didnt know males could get. She prescribed the medicine "bactrim" to me and instructed me to take it for 3 days every 8 hours. After completing taking all the medications, I started getting better like 3 days afterwards. Then once I was well I noticed that I was left with knots/lumps underneath my neck and near the throat area. You cant notice them by looking at them you have to touch them. I also had knots/lumps in the groin area. Not knowing what was goin on I went to see the docter but was unable to because I was told I had to make an appointment but I explained to the nurse what was goin on wit me and she said that my lymph nodes were inflammed. Scared I decided to go get tested for HIV and syphillis. I had been tested 3 times before within the past 4 years for both diseases and all test were non-reactive (negative). But this time my syphillis test came back negative but the HIV positive. I am so scared and confused. I was given a rapid HIV test so now I am awaiting results to come back from the Western test or whatever that maybe. But I need some answers and help bad! I have been doing research and came across several things. I came across Mono and the symptoms I was having are similar to the symptoms of mono. Could my the HIV test be misdiagnosed as mono or some other infection from my sickness? I had also just started taking "Cod Liver Oil" tablets a couple of days before I got sick to give me vitamins. Could that have triggered my sickness and caused a flaw in the test? Also I was told by a physician in 2006 that I had stomach ulcers and I thought that maybe that was the cause of my sickness being that I never took medications for it. Could that be a cause? Can a docter please shed some insight on this situation and answer all of my questions! PLEASE!

Response from Dr. Holodniy

You need to wait for the western blot confirmatory test.



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