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Mar 8, 2008

Dr.Bob, Sent u a donation(small amount) via card as promised. know u get so many mails that its not possible to reply each and every mail and mayb the query i am looking for is there in the archives but i am all very confused and want ur word only.. before pressing the delete button please do remember that in India theres none who can provide the right info and in India 25% of HIV patients dont get treatment in clinics and hospitals because of their HIV status..and secondly my marriage is on please understand my situation and judge it..And even if u dont reply to my query i will be very upset,depressed,more confused but one thing for sure,my love and respect for u will not change,i promise.... 7 months back i received a tetenus injection from a dispensary and was not sure whether the guy re-used the syringe..within 7 days i experienced mild fever(99)for 3 days-sustained for 3-4 hours daily..then some headache and was diagonsed for sinus.. after that there was some scalp infection and swollen lymph nodes(neck and groin)..the doctor told me the neck node is swollen becuse of the scalp infection na dthe infection is due to excessive stress and strain... after a few days there was muscle stiffness in the stomach and in chest(lasted for about 10-15 minutes and vanished) and some muscle pain...and to add to that some oral thrush....nowadays i am having some problems as well - loss of sexdrive completely,the scalp infection has triggered once more, some rashes in the thigh area,occasional joint pain, irregular bowel movements and mayb because of thinking over the matter my personality has changed over the last7 months... i have done the folowwing tests- At 5 months mark- HIV 1/2 antibodies(Solid Phase Dot Immunuassay method-they told me its a third generation test):negative Hep B:negative

At 6 months mark- HIV 1/2 antibodies:negative

At 7 months mark- HIV 1/2 antibodies:negative HIV P24 Antigen:negative Hep C:negative

All are negative but i am not convinced...what do u suggest??some docs are saying three months testing is enough, some are saying 6 months and some are saying wait untill 1 year...please please, u r my only hope... what should i do??another antibody test?antigen test?pcr?suicide? pleaseee help me out of this trouble..i m waiting for the reply from the WORLDS BEST HIV EXPERT... love and regards- Arnab

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello Arnab,

The reason I did not respond to your question previously is that there are numerous cases very similar to yours in the archives. The situations always involve a potential exposure (which more often than not is a non-exposure) followed by some nonspecific symptoms, which in turn trigger intense irrational and totally unwarranted fears of being HIV infected. This is followed by multiple (excessive) HIV tests always giving a negative result (not unexpectedly). Despite irrefutable evidence to the contrary, the worrier remains convinced she must be HIV positive and begins to frantically email me question after question. My response is always the same, just as mine to you will be. But, in spite of that, do review the similar testimonials in the archives. One hundred percent of these worried wrecks eventually realized they were HIV negative. Ultimately you will too and I hope that occurs sooner rather than later.

So to specifically address your question:

Needles are not reused for tetanus vaccinations. Your symptoms are not worrisome for HIV acute retroviral syndrome (ARS). Your repeatedly negative HIV tests out to seven months are definitive and conclusive. HIV is not your problem; fear of HIV is. No additional HIV tests are recommended or warranted. If you have trouble accepting the truly wonderful news of your unquestionable and definitive HIV-negative status, you need to seek psychological help.

Good luck. Remember, HIV is not your problem!

Dr. Bob

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