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Please help. Can't sleep...
Sep 7, 2006

Hi Dr. Bob. I am begging you to help me. This is the third time I have written, but haven't seen an answer yet. I know you are a busy man, but I am beggin for your help. From 1993-98 I was exposed to an HIV infected man - I am a woman. During this time we had unprotected vaginal and oral sex. I was tested with the Oraquick Oral test in July and tested negative. I know these results are to be considered conclusive, but I am still worried sick. I am currently 33 weeks pregnant and am out of my mind with fear. I had "commonly acquired" pneumonia last fall and have had a persistent cough for 2 mos during my pregnancy. Do you think further testing is necessary, or can I really let this nightmare come to an end? Please help me...

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

Your negative OraQuick test in July is definitive and conclusive. I see no reason for prolonging your nightmare. It should have ended when you got your negative HIV-test results in July. If you need additional reassurance, you can retest. I don't feel it's warranted if your last exposure was in 1998; however, if it's the only way to wake you up from your bad dream, then it may be worth the effort.

Dr. Bob



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