|6-week result from 19 yr old European guy in Africa
Sep 14, 2010
Hey Doctor Bob,
Firstly thank you for all that you do for us lost and scared fellows and lassies, you're helping countless numbers of people, saving lives (I know I could've done something stupid if it weren't for your straight talking, down-to-earth and compassionate reply) and all for free! You really are the anti-republican..
So, 6 weeks in and I'm negative. Big sigh of relief and a woohoo! But now for the but what if....
There's only one though, IV cortisone at week three, makes it more likely to give a false negative?
Anyway, I'll have the test at three and six months and let you know. And my first experience has terrified me to such extent that I may never ever have sex ever again. Ok this isn't true, but I will be far more careful.
All the best and thank you so much,
Slightly less lonely and somewhat more reassured European Guy.
P.S. A compatriot of mine, Mr Oscar Wilde, once said that when 'some of us are in the gutters, some are looking at the stars'. You're definitely of the latter category and from now on I hope I can be too.
PPS For all those who have symptomst week two that coulgd only only only be ARS, so did I and its so far so good. I cant tell ye not to worry, but I can tell ya there's always hope.
| Response from Dr. Frascino
It's doubtful that a short course of IV cortisone would affect your HIV results (although I have no way of knowing what dose or for how long you received treatment).
Yes, a negative six-week test is extremely encouraging -- even with your "what if"! I'm quite confident your subsequent definitive HIV test will also be negative.
Thanks for your thanks and kind comments, and yes, I am pro-common sense and compassion so I guess that makes me anti-Republican!
Good luck. Be well.
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