Dr. Bob I Don't want to be a pain and I hope your resposne will calm me down!
Apr 18, 2010
Dr. Bob, I hope you are well. I don't want to be a pain and I appreciate your assistance. This is the case. I had unprotected oral sex, male to male. I was receptive. I have tested at 4 weeks, 13 weeks and 24 weeks with a rapid test, which were negative. I tested with an ELISA at 16 weeks which was also negative. Although I had some physcial issues, you mentioned that they were not worriesome: white tongue, odd feeling under armpits, grumbling in stomach and maybe lymp nodes by my ears. Why I am confused, worried and need your advice is this; although my Dr. said I was negative, I'm still getting tested in about two weeks which will be 7 months. My dr. is doing the test. These mix messages and physical issues are playing with my mind. Is 24 weeks witha rapid test conclusive enough, should I have waited until 6 months by the calendar? I'm nervous and anxious and don't know how to feel? Can you please help me and respond. I reallly need to hear from you. Thank you.
Response from Dr. Frascino
Oral sex carries only a very low HIV-transmission/acquisition risk. A negative HIV test at the three-month mark is generally all that's needed. Your repeatedly negative HIV tests out to seven months are definitive, conclusive and WOO-HOO-able. HIV is not your problem. No way. No how. No additional HIV tests are warranted. If your doctor insists on or recommends more HIV tests, fire him and find a more competent physician.
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