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Positive EIA
Oct 12, 2006

Dr. Bob I have a question. My Dr. never reported that my EIA came back reactive. They did a Western Blot and it came back negative. At that time it had been over 180 days since my last exposure. Now it is October, and I have noticed a swollen gland just above my hairline. I am so scared. I have been tired all the time, possibly from exhaustion, but I don't know what to do. What are your opinions on this? Please respond.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi,

If your Western Blot was negative, your HIV test would be considered negative as well. Your reactive EIA was a false-positive.

"A swollen gland just above my hairline" is not worrisome for or indicative of HIV ARS.

As for being "tired . . . from exhaustion," well, OK, if you say so.

So what to do???

1. Stop worrying about HIV. If you can't stop worrying, then retest to put your fears permanently to rest. If you still can't stop worrying, get counseling. HIV is not your problem.

2. See your doctor if you're feeling constantly exhausted. There are many potential causes, ranging from anemia to stress, that could explain this.

Good luck,

Dr. Bob



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