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hello Dr Mc Gowan
Jan 31, 2012

I am always regular reader of your answers and forum

I feel very anxious I read that a woman who 22 years ago had all the symptoms of acute retroviral syndrome. Your negative ELISA Its negative pcr here's http://www.thebody.com/Forums/AIDS/Meds/Q218871.html

Lymphoma development .... It's strange because this is very associated with HIV ....

I had 19 symptoms!!

I know how are the people who had symptoms 20 years ago How is your health now

I need testimonials

I think we will develop lymphoma or cancer within a few years if we live

Help me DR. I am very sad

Mariana

Response from Dr. McGowan

Mariana,

As I mentioned in the response you cited. The kinds of symptoms described can be from many things, not only HIV. So, after HIV infection has been eliminated as a possibility, other tests need to be done to find out the cause of chronic symptoms. Sometimes other diagnoses, such as lupus, diabetes, tuberculosis, cancer (including lymphoma), hepatitis, lyme disease, etc can be the cause. Sometimes depression can cause these kinds of symptoms. It is best not to focus on something like HIV after all the tests have been negative and to have a more broad evaluation, so that the true diagnosis is not missed.

Best, Joe



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