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Symptoms tell you nothing
Feb 11, 2009

Dear dr Bob, and all other readers out there.

The last six months I have gone through a hell. Convincing myself I had HIV after one minute of unprotected oral sex. I became really depressed and (convinced myself i was) having all symptoms related tot ARS/HIV. Attributing all symptoms I had (sore throat, folliculitis, afts, headaches, you name it) to HIV.

To go short, the body has helped me a lot through the last months and the archives give loads of comforting information and has eventually made me get a test.

I got my test results back today and guess what - all STD including HIV were negative. So to all you folks out there scaring yourself or afraid to get tested: Symptoms are completely unreliable in predicting if you have HIV. You can make yourself go insane. If you don't believe dr Bob believe it from me: Just get tested. It will give you peace of mind.

Dr Bob - thanx for being you! Warmest regards, Dutch guy

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hey Dutch Guy,

Thanks for taking the time to write and share your newfound insights and good news. WOO-HOO! Thanks also for reinforcing one of my recurrent themes: symptoms are notoriously unreliable in predicting who is and is not HIV infected!

Be well. Stay well.

Dr. Bob



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