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210 days - still negative
Oct 27, 2004

I had a high risk sexual exposure. I undertook a test after 210 days from the date of exposure. The test result was negative. I have experienced various symptoms before and after the test, such as, persistent yeast infections in mouth, rashes, low grade fever, mouth ulcers, sore throat and tongue, muscle aches, night sweats,.... I have also tested for all STDs. These tests were also negative. Physician's tests - all normal. Should I keep retesting myself?

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

Negative out to 210 days and you wonder if you should keep retesting yourself? Gosh, that's nearly as counterintuitive as Dubya's Iraq policies. To more specifically answer your question no! Continuing to retest for a disease that has already been definitively ruled out is not helpful. I can't diagnose what's causing your symptoms, but I can tell you what's not causing them. It's not HIV. Continue to work with your doctor to identify the etiology of your problem, but stop chasing HIV, as clearly this is not your problem!

Good luck.

Dr. Bob



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