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Jun 26, 2005

DR Bob i need to ask a question please be kind and help me would a nat test and 7 hiv antibody tests 8 yrs after exposure be enough to rule out hiv when i have several ongoing symptoms,oral problems,tinea pedis,i have also been told i have blood and protein in my urine i am a 38 yr old female i read about the case where the utah man tested hiv sevreal times then turned out to be pos what test would do in case im not detectable on the antibody tests thanks you remember super duber donation please answer

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

Are a negative NAT and seven negative HIV antibody tests out to eight years after an exposure "enough" to rule out HIV??? Oh yeah, I'd say it's not only "enough," but excessive. Yes, I realize you have all those worrisome symptoms the heartbreak of athlete's foot, etc. but Honey, eight negative tests over eight years and you're still worried??? I would not recommend any additional tests for HIV related to this ancient episode. In fact, I'd strongly recommend against them! If you cannot accept the very good news that HIV is not your problem, I suggest you get some counseling. Your fears are unwarranted and completely unnecessary.

Donations, whether supersized, super-duper or teeny weenie, are always appreciated. However, please be aware donations to my foundation should be made only out of compassion and the desire to help others, and not as an incentive to influence which questions are selected for posting. (That could lead to very bad karma.)

Stay well. Stop worrying.

Dr. Bob



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