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do i have aids
May 27, 2009

20 years ago i had unprotected sex with a dentist from tunisia. later on in the holiday he cried and was talking about aids. I had no test when i came bak. a year later i developed thrombocytopenia and was put on steroids which supress the immune system. Ihave had aneamia where my red cell count went down to 6, I am having soaking sweats,I have a funny pink patch on my nose. I have had 8 antibody negative results. I have a daughter of 11 who is constantly unwell. Could i have hiv2? or could the steroids i was on have effected the antibody result? the last 20 years have been a living hell. In 1993 my t cells were 550 I do not know what they are now as nobody will test them, my lymphocyte count is 1600. Please help me I live in England. Thankyou

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi,

You're worried about a nookie from 20 years ago? YIKES! That's a whole lotta worry from a long long time ago! I can hardly remember what I had for breakfast yesterday let alone whom I shagged 2 decades ago.

Your fears are unwarranted. Your eight negative HIV-antibody tests over the past 20 years (20 years!!!) are definitive and conclusive. I do not believe HIV-2 is an issue because HIV-2 is endemic only in West Africa (Tunisia is not in West Africa). Besides if you were so worried about HIV-2, why didn't you get an HIV-2 test? They are readily available. I see absolutely no reason for you to get T-cell tests!!! Your course of steroids 19 years ago would not affect HIV test results now. If you continue to have difficulty accepting the overwhelming evidence that you are HIV negative, you should seek counseling to help you cope with these irrational and totally unwarranted fears.

Good luck. Remember, HIV is not your problem. No way. No how. OK?

Dr. Bob



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