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balanitis and enlarged lymph glands
Mar 23, 2009

Dear Dr. Bob. I had a potential exposure to HIV nearly 2 years ago. Though I have been tested out to 6 months and I have tried to put this whole thing behind me I am very much struggling to do so. After my potential exposure(unprotected receptive sex MSM) I came down with flu like symptoms which lasted for about 3 weeks or so. Ever since then (as I said it's nearly 2 years now) I have had the constant sensation of pressure under my armpits and in my groin. I put on weight in the ensuing weeks. I have also developed balanitis which I have had for about 8 months. As much as I try and believe I'm negative these constant reminders prevent me from doing so. I know you're going to say I have nothing to worry about because I have had negative tests outside the window period but I don't know what to do. Thanks

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi,

Correct you are! I am indeed going to tell you that negative HIV tests out to six months trump "symptoms" each and every time!

I cannot diagnose the cause of your symptoms over the Internet. However, what I can do with great certainty is advise you what's not causing your problem. It's not HIV! If you have balanitis, see a dermatologist. There are many potential causes: bacteria, viruses or fungi.

As for your continued perseveration on HIV, I would suggest you seek the help of a psychiatrist or psychotherapist to assist you in accepting the overwhelming and indisputable evidence that you are HIV negative.

Dr. Bob



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