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Same Old Question?
Sep 2, 2007

I know you have answered these questions so many times...and I have read your message board so much, but I have finally mustered up the courage to ask you a question that I have spent so long fretting over...and even more time scouring the internet to seek reassurance from.

I am a heterosexual male that hasn't been in involved with no risque sexual encounters. I have been with 4 partners and think they are all HIV negative. But, there is one girl, my first, that I am worried about. To keep a long story short, she has seen quite a few guys (no idea on number) and while she says most of them have been protected, I am still afraid. I was with this person for 1 year and it was approximately 5 years ago.

The reason I am typing this, however, is because of the presence of some symptoms that I started to fret over after "Googling" them (may the inventors of Google burn for including HIV in my symptom categories). Said symptoms are:

1. Tingling - I have read this is attributed to treatment and usually occurs when a person develops AIDS. This tingling was attributed to iron deficiency, and honestly I can't really pay this symptom much mind because I haven't had the tingling in a while after taking iron supplements.

2. Sore throat - My throat has been sore for approximately two months now. I haven't really had any treatment for it though. Maybe I should check into that.

3. Low WBC count. I believe this may have a part to play in my sore throat that has been nagging me. I don't know what the cause can be. It was a 3.8. I am an African-American male and have read that we usually have lower WBC than Caucasians, is this perhaps reflective of that? Or is that report false?

4. Clay colored stool. I have no idea what this can be from. The color fluctuates, but it has been consistent for about a month now.

I know that if I am worried that I should be tested, but I am afraid because I have a lot going on in my life, and all of it is for the good. If I were to find out I was HIV positive I don't know what I would do. I think more on the fact that I would have infected those other people though, mostly.

Jeez. As you can see I am in a sort of a predicament. Basically, I would just like to know that after 5 years would this be along the lines of what an HIV infected person would experience?

Your insight is appreciated, and I look forward to donating to your cause even without an answer. Just needed to get this off my chest.

Cliffnotes: I think I may be infected with HIV after a relationship 5 years ago. Symptoms of Tingling, Sore throat, low WBC and Clay-colored stool are present.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

CliffsNotes response: Your fears are unwarranted. If you don't believe me, get tested. There are no other options. Thanks for your donation (www.concertedeffort.org). Be well.

Dr. Bob



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