|Million Dollar Question
Feb 10, 2007
Hello Doctor, I need to say that I am a fan of your site and you are a wonderful human being. My experience is as follows. I got really worried I had HIV after watching Age of AIDS on my local PBS station. Then I starting having symptoms related to HIV, swollen glands, flu, sore throat, mouth ulcers . I went ahead got tested 3 times and all are negative, and my last sexual experience was 5 years ago. I visited my physician and did not seem to be worried. He put me in antibiotics. Now, I have being in antibiotics for months and symptoms do not seem to vanish. Since my fears of HIV were irrational, I am seeing a psychologist to help me deal with this. I am also seeing my physician about the symptoms that I still have but he is not concern and keeps on prescribing antibiotics. Could it be that I am infected but not making antibodies? Do you think that I should see a HIV specialist that know more about the subject than a regular doctor? Also, I would like to express my condolences for the loss of your brother.
| Response from Dr. Frascino
Your HIV tests are definitive and conclusive. HIV is not your problem. No way. No how.
Could you be infected but not making antibodies? Nope.
Do I think you should see an HIV specialist? Nope.
Your problem is not HIV; it's fear of HIV. You should continue to work with your psychologist to confront your irrational and totally unwarranted HIV fears.
Good luck. Thank you for your condolences.
By the way I think the PBS/Frontline documentary Age of AIDS is excellent and would highly recommend it to all readers of this forum.
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