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Thrush, but testing negative???
Jan 7, 1999

Several months ago, I noticed that my tongue had a whitish coating more thick and concentrated at the back near the large taste buds. What scares me to death is that I have tested repeatedly for 15 months after a very risky exposure. Tests included HIV I/II @ 2/5 months, HIV I/II & P24 Antigen @ 3, 4.5 & 6 months, HIV I Home Access @ 8, 9, 10.5, 13 & 15 months post exposure - all negative. But still this nasty white coating! I find myself looking at other peoples' tongues to see if a white coating is normal and I honestly don't know if maybe I have always had this condition. Mainly my question is this, could someone experience THRUSH at say a year after exposure, but still test negative on antibody tests for as long as 15 months? When can I stop testing? Do you think this would warrant a PCR test. Isn't it true that some people never develop detectible antibodies that could be picked up by the tests I've mentioned. Please, please respond. Thank you.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

You do not need any further HIV tests. You have ruled out HIV infection. I would consult your physician to determine what exactly is on your tongue. MH



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