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Joint Pains, pharyngitis, joint pains
Mar 9, 1999

I had a severe nick at a barber while being shaved which resulted in bleeding (the razor was not sterilized though having a new blade). This was about 3 months ago and since then I have had 3 quick episodes of joint pains (I am slightly arthritic since 15 years)which is quite unusual for me. I have also had mouth ulcers, pharyngitis, herpes labialis, sore tongue and a heavy feeling in my sinus cavity. I have tested negative by elisa at 2 months and recently at 3 months. I need to know whether the above cluster of symptoms are definitely hiv related and how long should I get tested to definitely(100%) rule out hiv. Does hiv 2 have a longer route to sero conversion and what about hiv subtype o. Please reply soon as the anxiety will get me even if hiv does not.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

I think I answered this on a previous question. I think these symptoms are related to the underlying process or meds. The current testing algorithm is to test up to 6 months after a high risk exposure to definitively rule out HIV infection. Most of the labs use a HIV-1/2 antibody test. The tests currently do not rule out type O. The likelihood of that infection in the U.S. is almost 0. MH



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