Stay or Go?
Oct 29, 2007
Dear Dr Frascino, This is a fairly odd question I'm sure... I'm a 35 year old gay man from the UK, currently living in Japan. I'm pretty certain I've contracted HIV (based on symptoms - unreliable I know) and am due to get tested soon. If I have it, then I most certainly caught it in early August of this year. I've been offered a new job and really am in a quandry as to whether I should accept or not (I need to say yes/no this week). I'm worried I'll have to start medication soon and won't be able to afford it, or that I'll get seriously ill in hospital. And, of course, that I have a horrible resistant strain with nasty coninfections...neurotic I know. I know it's a tall order, but do you have any advice? I think maybe I should just go back to the UK. Thanks and best wishes....
Response from Dr. Frascino
You are "pretty certain" you contracted HIV "based on symptoms"???? Hmmm . . . here we go again! Symptoms are notoriously unreliable in distinguishing who is and is not infected with HIV. Consequently your "pretty certain" is going to be just as unreliable. I urge you to read through the archives of this forum. There you will find gazillions of testimonials where folks were not only "pretty certain" they were HIV positive; they were 100% absolutely unquestionably certain! And what you'll see in these testimonials is that they were all completely wrong.
My advice is simple: do not second guess your HIV status based on self diagnosis and "symptoms." If you want the new job, I strongly advise you accept the offer. I also strongly advise you stop with all the doom and gloom scenarios about "horrible resistant strains . . . nasty coinfections . . . and not being able to afford medications." You sound as ridiculous as Cheney talking about mushroom clouds resulting from Iraq's WMDs. Remember, they didn't turn out to be real either.
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