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Aug 11, 2008

Dear Doctor, Thank you for taking time to answer my query and address my concern. My exposure was sexual with a female sex worker over a year ago.SInce then I have tested multiple times, some times only specific HIV anitbody test, sometimes with a full blood screening, all has been non-reactive. My last test was a full blood screening at 68 weeks post exposure. My HIV test result was non reactive, so was my Hep C antibody test. My Hep B surface antibody test was positive, due to vaccination done. My worry is that while WBC is in the normal range, my lymphocytes percentage is low, only 19%. I read that a low reading means T-cells are being destroyed.Doctor, should I be worried? about 2 months ago I also had a full blood screening done, and the reading was at 21%. Please tell me i have nothing to worry about..... Thanks

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

". . . Please tell me I have nothing to worry about . . . ." OK, you have absolutely, positively nothing to worry about. Nothing! Zero! Nulla! Nada! Bubkes!!!

A slightly depressed lymphocyte count does not mean your T-cells are being destroyed! Stop being such a drama queen! You've had "multiple" (that means "way too many") negative HIV and STD tests out to 68 weeks. You just can't get any more negative than that. HIV is not your problem. No way. No how. Total lymphocyte counts can be transiently depressed for lots and lots of reasons. Stop fixating on HIV and start WOO-HOOing. It's long overdue.

Dr. Bob



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