Dec 29, 2011
21 weeks ago I had protected sex with a prostitute. About 3 weeks later I developed flu like symptoms an a rash. At 9.5 weeks I had blood tests done and tested positive for HSV2 and negative for HIV. Since then I began experiencing Tingling and burning in my hands and feet. I was diagnosed with peripheral nueropathy. I had another oraquick HIV test at 14 weeks, which was negative and another Elisa blood test at 16 weeks. I also had another HSV test which showed my antibodies had doubled. In your opinion are these results conclusive or is more testing necessary. Any response is greatly appreciated.
| Response from Dr. McGowan
It looks like you picked up acute herpes simplpex infection, which can be very symptomatic for weeks.
Since your symptoms had started within 3 weeks and your HIV test was still negative at 16 weeks, that would have been more than enough time to develop a positive test. For completeness, in New York we recommend a final test at 6 months (24 weeks), that shoould be enough.
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