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Loosing my mind
Aug 22, 2008

Help! I had unprotected sex 13 months ago,I know I have learned my lesson. I now practice safe sex even in my new monogamous relationship. Well 6months later I got sick and went to MD, she gave me antibiotics which gave me a yeast infection, went to the doctor again, gave me meds but it clears and comes back. I have been like this since Dec 07, now I have had diarrhea for 5 days. PS I had ELISA test at 6 months after unprotected sex, and at 9months and they were both negative. My doctors keep giving me the runaround. Help I am going out of my mind! Why don't my yeast infections go away (I read they are a symptom of HIV) why does my boyfriends diarrhea go away after two days but mine won't, and should I get another HIV test? My boyfriend also tested negative we went together. He reassures me that both tests are accurate but then why can't I get rid of these infections. I am losing my mind. I don't sleep, I can't eat, I am constantly thinking about this issue. HELP ME! You offer such great reassuring advice I wish you practiced in Texas

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

I'm assuming your recurrent yeast infection is vaginal. Correct? Recurrent vaginal yeast infections are quite common and the vast, vast, vast majority of them have absolutely nothing to do with HIV. I cannot diagnose the cause of your problem over the Internet. However, what I can do with absolute confidence is advise you your recurrent vaginal yeast infections are not related to HIV! Your negative ELISA tests at six and nine months are definitive and conclusive. I would suggest you see a gynecologist (or get a second opinion from another gynecologist if your current doctor is indeed "giving you the run-around"). Additional HIV testing is not warranted. Stop worrying about an illness you could not possibly have, OK?

Good luck.

Dr. Bob



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