Mental Health Question, Please Respond
May 15, 2003
Mr. Kull, I really have two questions for you. My exposure was unprotected vaginal intercourse with an unkown person (I'm the male parter). I tested negative with PCR RNA at 28 day. I also tested negative at 9.5 weeks, 11.5 weeks, 13 weeks, and finally at 15.5 weeks.
Question 1) With your experience in this field do my results seem to convince you that I am indeed HIV negative? I keep convincing myself that I may be that small statistic that may have not shown up on tests yet.
Question 2) I realize that this has been an excessive amount of testing. Does this patern indicate that I need mental help? Obviously by my first question I am still concerned about the possibility that I am infected. Truthfully, I am concerned that I may spread HIV to my new wife. I would rather not tell her about my concerns for obvious reasons.
Please help with any advice you can offer.
Response from Mr. Kull
1) The tests indicate, without a doubt, that you are HIV negative.
2) This very well could be a psychological issue that might benefit from being addressed with a professional. It is important to talk with a mental health professional, in person, if you feel like there are emotional/psychological issues that are interfering with your functioning. Just the fact that you have to keep this "secret" from your wife suggests that there are complicated issues going on that might be better understood through talking with another person.
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