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donation $50 please help
Jun 23, 2008

hi drfranscino i need your advice in feburary i donate $20 now it reaches $50 i had a risky exposure 2month ago condom damage and the good news is i gain about 10pounds weight with in 2months but i am scared to take a test .Weight gain without ARS symptoms it means i am very likely not infected .

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

Unfortunately you cannot use weight gain (or weight loss) as a surrogate marker for HIV status. If you've had an HIV exposure due to a failed condom (condom break), the only way to determine if you've contracted the virus is to get an HIV-screening test three months or more after the potential exposure. Trying to second guess your HIV status based on weight gain/weight loss or any other physical symptom is completely unreliable. If you've had an exposure, the only logical and recommended thing to do is to get tested at the three-month mark. Period. There really are no other viable options if you wish to know your HIV status.

Thanks for your donation to the Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation (www.concertedeffort.org). In return, I'll send you my good-luck karma that your definitive three-month HIV-screening test is negative.

Good luck.

Dr. Bob



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