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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


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 ( 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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