|I read on my medical record (website) that I was diagnosed yesterday with HIV 2. Could there be a mistake?
Jul 24, 2011
I saw HIV 2 added to my medical record as an ongoing condition based on some blood drawn a couple of days before. However, when I read about the condition, it says that it's very rare here in the U.S. and mostly found in West African immigrants (I am native born American). The latest info. I found on hiv 2 stated that there are only about 100 cases total in the U.S. Should I buy a lottery ticket or is this information seriously out of date? Should I ask the doctor for additional testing when I go next week. I would be more inclined to accept the diagnosis if it was HIV 1, but HIV 2 seems fairly unlikely given the demographics and my sexual history. Thanks
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
You need to find out what tests were performed and the specific results of those tests. You are correct that HIV-2 is rare in the US. Although there are people that are infected with HIV-2 in the US, many of those have specific risk factors associated with its transmission.
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