|Newly out, Found a great partner and friend ,and need Dr. BOB!
May 7, 2009
Hi Dr. Bob. Well, worried well city! I wrote you last year around January asking if any chemicals or could anything affect my HIV test, you answered and I was fine. I would really appreciate a reply, because my anxiety about this is back.! I just met a great guy,(Im a male), and finally feel like I know who I am now. I spent years in relationships with women, and with pressures from a not too understanding family,thought that was the way it was supposed to be.I had to keep my gay encounters secret, But I recently decided to be honest with myself and everyone and let people feel how they want about me, good or bad. Im happier than ever and have a great guy! Weve been dating for about 2 months, he told me he tested negative back in mid December and was negative and only has been with me and I believe him.So Well, long storey short I went to get a rapid blood test 7 months after my possible last exposure , negative. Great! Asked the counslor if a chemical I work with could give me affect my result. She said it might be possible with cross-reactivity or some other affect and couldnt reassure me i was negative. Anxiety again!Fears came back! Just love my new lover and would never ever want to put him in harms way if there is a possibility of a false negative from cross-reactivity or something like that like the counslor mentioned might be possible. That would break my heart! I love him too much and would never want to unintentionally infect him, if theres a possibility my test could be unreliable. Well, had a friend make a donation last time for me cause I was broke! So proud I can do it on my own this time for a wonderful cause! Just confused by the info I got at testing and need the truth. I can handle it. Thanks for all you do Dr. Bob!
| Response from Dr. Frascino
The counselor at the testing center was wrong, pure and simple. Whatever the chemicals you work with, they could not cause a false-negative HIV test. No way. No how! HIV is not your problem!
Stop worrying and start WOO-HOOing.
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