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Hey Doc. Need your help!
Oct 30, 2006

Hey Doc, I hope you are well. I have asked a couple of times, but I understand you are a busy man. I have donated but I seem to have run out of money(probably from all the testing) I do plan on being a regular monthly donor as soon as I start my new job. My question is even having been diagnosed with folliculitis I have a negative rapid test done at 18 weeks,would this be 100%? The reason I am asking first off my wife is pregnant and I am scared, also I am starting a new job, although a good job I need to make sure of my status 100% before I give up my current job. Also is folliculitis a symptom that usually appears in people with hiv at a more advanced stage? I really need your advice with this , and I promise to make things right with my life, and what I can with the help in hiv awareness.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

Symptoms, no matter what they are, do not equal HIV disease. A negative HIV test outside of the window period trumps any and all symptoms each and every time. Your negative 18-week test is definitive and conclusive (barring extenuating circumstances). Whatever is causing your folliculitis, one thing that's for certain: it's not HIV. Please note the vast majority of cases of folliculitis have absolutely nothing to do with HIV.

Bottom line: HIV is not your problem. No way. No how.

Good luck with your new job and future addition to the family.

Dr. Bob



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