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Can I exhale now?? (after 3 mo. testing)
Mar 13, 2010

Hi Dr. Bob: I think your website is fabulous! I am women who had one incident of unprotected sex and oral sex approximately 10 months ago with a male of unknown HIV status (he says hes "clean"). I was tested for all STD's including HIV at 1 week and again at 14 weeks and all results were negative. For the past 2 mos (which would be 8 mos. after risk)I have been experiencing strange feeling in my throat and chest and extreme fatigue and malaise which is making me wonder if my 14 week test was conclusive. I am have anxiety from this! Should I retest again? Should I be this worried?? I appreciate you time and advice. Thanks!!!

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi,

Yes, you can exhale with an ecstatic WOO-HOO! Your 14-week negative test would be considered definitive and conclusive (barring unusual extenuating circumstances). Additional HIV testing is not necessary, but it's always available. See your doctor for an evaluation if your symptoms persist or worsen. But remember, HIV is not your problem, OK?

Be well.

Dr. Bob



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