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Symptoms after ten years
Sep 28, 1998

I had a perceived exposure in March of 1988. In November of that year had tests done which returned negative. Throughout these intervening I years have experienced (along with my wife) some weird symptoms...arthritic for both of us...bouts of diarrhea for her. Now I have a dry cough with no cold symptoms which has manifested itself for several months. I'm terrified of another HIV test and my wife gets so weary of my continual concern. We are 17 and 68 respectively.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

A negative HIV antibody test 8 months after exposure makes HIV infection extremely unlikely. I doubt very much that your symptoms now are related to the exposure in 1988. Unless you have had a recent high risk exposure, I am not sure what another HIV test would add here. Good Luck. MH



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