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-ve @ 3 months, but Dr said I'm not clear yet?

Jan 14, 2008

Howdy Dr Bob

I had my 3 month test which was -ve, but I have been recently been suffering from 'reactive arthritis' which I am told can be caused by HIV. My Dr therefore ruined my forthcoming woo-hoo by stating that Im not out in the clear yet. I'm really, very worried about this Dr. I am quite young and have never suffered arthritis like this before. What do you think? How often do you see 'reactive arthritis' in response to HIV (short term and long term infection).


Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello John,

There are a variety of rheumatologic conditions that present with increased frequency in HIV-infected folks. However, it's important to note the vast majority of all forms of arthritis have absolutely nothing to do with HIV. I have no information about your potential risk for acquiring HIV; however, a negative three-month test is an extremely good indicator of HIV status, unless there were extenuating circumstances surrounding your exposure. A good rheumatologist should be able to help you with your arthritis. Continue to practice your WOO-HOO, even if your doctor wants to recheck an HIV test in a few months. The odds are astronomically in your favor that you are HIV negative.

Good luck.

Dr. Bob

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