The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Ask the Experts About

Safe Sex and HIV PreventionSafe Sex and HIV Prevention
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
Recent AnswersAsk a Question
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

Will this bring FINALITY to the situation ???

Jun 15, 2004

Dr. Bob,

Following a recent encounter I developed the following symptoms in the 2 to 13 weeks following the encounter: Night Sweats Hot Flashes Blurry Vision Eye infection Urinary Tract Infection Pigmentation Rash on Forearms Increase in Petachie High Neutrophil Counts Dental problems Ear Infection Sore muscles every morning Increase in hair on hands Increase in Freckles Joint Pain

I have tested negative on Elisa at 4, 7, & 10 weeks and negative PCR-RNA at 7 weeks, negative PCR RNA(bDNA) at 10 weeks. I am now testing for HIV-1 & HIV-2 via ELISA and an HIV-1 PCR DNA at 13.5 weeks. If all three of these are negative am I done ???

Response from Dr. Frascino


Increase in freckles? Freckles? Do you actually count them and keep track of that? Oh for freckles' sake!

As I have written and posted innumerable times, HIV tests prior to three months are not considered definitive. PCR tests should not be used for initial screening, due to false positive results. A single antibody test at three months or more is probably all you ever needed. So, you tell me, "are you done???"

Dr. Bob

Time to take your advice
Doc BOB, you have something against Kilts?

  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS



This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint