Nov 27, 2010
i had a high risk exposure of hiv 4 years and 5 months ago. About a week or 2 weeks after the exposure i was really fatigued. Then 3-6 months after the exposure i got shingles. the doctor did a blood count and everything came back fine and i naively thought that meant everything was ok. i also had a sinus infection in 2008.
now in 2010 i had bad urine infection that i had to take a weeks course of antibiotics for. then i started to worry about hiv again as i saw a poster that said you can have it and not know you have it.
Then i started getting all the late stage hiv symptoms - loss of appetite, weight loss, white tongue, numbness in hand and arm, diarrhea, night sweats, tiredness, sore throat, hair loss.
i am also worried i have pcp as have a dry cough and back pains.
i went to the doctors today to get tested for hiv as i was worried - they seemed to think i was worrying for nothing but i think my symptoms show otherwise. so they didnt check my lungs for pcp.
i do not get the results for 2 weeks and i am worried that the pcp will progress in this time and it will be too late for treatment. how would they diagnose pcp.
your advice is much appreciated.
| Response from Dr. Frascino
Your chances of having PCP are a quantum leap beyond remote. I would suggest you ratchet down the anxiety levels and take things one step at a time.
If you had a "high risk exposure," I agree HIV testing would be warranted. Please note rapid HIV tests are readily available and can provide an accurate result in as few as 20 minutes. Two weeks for a routine HIV-antibody-screening test is quite lengthy. Most labs can process results within a few days at most.
Your list of "all the late stage HIV symptoms" is highly inaccurate.
Wait for your test results or get a rapid test if you want an answer sooner. If you test positive, write back and we'll discuss what comes next, OK?
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