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Apr 22, 2010

Hallo Dr. Bob.Thanks for your great work here.I have red many answers of you and all what i can say is that you know a lot about hiv. Im male from Belgium.This is my story.My english is not perfect but I ll do my best. -I had sex with a prostitute and condom broke.So it was an unprotected sex about 8 minutes. After 10 days simptoms started: burning sensation in my throat.After 20 days-stuffy and runny nose,after 35 days-burning sensation in my esophagus,night sweats,fatigue,strange taste in my mouth,white tongue. I also had ezophagus candidias diagnosed with endoscopy. Simptoms now(permanent),9 months after: stuffy and runny nose,burning sensation in my throat. I did only elisa test(lab and rapid):4,6,8,12,16,19,26(six months) weeks,all negative. My specific questions are: 1.should i do any other test,like pcr ?here they do elisa test for free but not pcr? 2.can i be 100% sure that im negative 3.from your experience,is ezophagus candidias possible in acute fase of hiv ? I tested also for sifilis and hep. b-all negative. my blood work=ok. my cd4=680,cd8=240,4 months after incident. Thanks.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi Belgium Guy,

Your seven repeatedly negative HIV ELISA tests out to 26 weeks are definitive, conclusive, WOO-HOO-able and excessive. HIV is not your problem. No way. No how. No further HIV tests are warranted, including PCR.

Whatever is causing your esophageal problems, one thing is certain: It's not HIV. I would suggest you follow up with an ENT (ear, nose, throat) doctor. Candida does not cause false-negative HIV tests.

Dr. Bob

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