Mar 5, 2001
Dear Mr Kull. i had a protected sex with the thai prostitute with unknown status and had deep kissing few times . After this incidence i got a call for Anual medical examination ,hearing that i started feeling very uneasy and the result of which could have resulted in the body pain(sometime in the legs or hand muscles)which is not so severe. i got myself tested after 37 days which came out negative. My question is whether my body pain is a symptoms of early HIV infection or is due to the stress i am feeling always as there is no symptoms besides this. Should i go for the another test (i have to fly to another country for this )after 60 days or is there any other test which can give early result?
Response from Mr. Kull
Making a decision to get tested is one that you need to make on your own. It sounds like a particularly difficult decision for you because of the need to leave your country for testing. A test at 37 days falls within the window period, so it is not as accurate as a test performed three months after exposure. Keep in mind that--based on the limited information that you gave me--your risk for infection seems pretty low. Your symptoms could very well be attributed to stress, but only a medical doctor can make an accurate diagnosis.
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