|Dr. Bob you are a true inspiration!
Jul 18, 2008
Dr. Bob you are a true inspiration to all! I am an otherwise healthy 24 year old female. I had and incident where the condom broke with an unknown HIV +/- promiscuous male no ejaculation inside, maybe some pre-cum. This happened the last week in Nov. 2006. I did have a sore throat and non painful swelling in armpits, along with night sweats. But I cant remember if I was sick before or after the incident with the condom breaking it could have been months before and I just cant remember. I was well enough to go to work during those symptoms and didnt have any body aches, rash, or fever during the day. I went to the doctors on March 14, 2007 (Approx. 4 Months /16 weeks after exposure) and requested an HIV test and it came back negative. I also read and called the hotline# on this website www.aac.org and was told the window period is 6 weeks. Now its July 2008 and I am experiencing bean shaped painless nodes in both armpits and cheeks along with a stiff neck and sometimes some groin pain/throat pain, pains in my hands and feet, and this has been happening for over a month. I went to the doctors and told them about my previous hiv test time period and my doctor told me that its not conclusive till the 6 months then a year after exposure. The doctor told me that he had a needle prick in the past and the standard testing for hiv is 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, 12 months, 12 months is 100% hiv negative. I also told him about the aac.org website and he said to believe him and not some website. Now I am waiting for my results to come back in a week and I am scared and confused. After reading what I read on my state aac.org website and all the posts I read on this website. I was confident with my test in March 07,now my doctor has me so worried. What do you think about my situation? Please send some good karma my way. PLEASE!
| Response from Dr. Frascino
I do not agree with your physician. Routine HIV testing out to 12 months is neither warranted nor recommended by HIV/AIDS organizations and HIV/AIDS physician specialists. The six-month recommendation comes from the CDC, a very conservative organization, and even they recommend it only for significant exposures to a source known to be HIV positive. Your follow-up HIV test will undoubtedly be negative. It was wrong for your physician to frighten you needlessly. You might consider switching to a more reasonable and up-to-date doctor for your ongoing health care.
Good karma sent, but you won't need it for your HIV test result. I'm very confident it will be negative.
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