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Thanks to you I went to get tested - negative!

Dec 18, 2010

Dear Dr Bob,

First of all: Thank you! I think without your latest, encouraging message I would not have been brave enough to get my hiv and hepatitis tests done.

You asked me to get back to you with the results and here I am: Today I was told I tested negative for both hiv and hepatitis, and I am sooooo relieved - I feel about 100 kg lighter.

However, I don't feel like woo-hooing yet, instead I'm in a rather reflective mood, thinking how easily it could have been the other way round, and my evening now would be VERY different. I feel really really grateful that I was lucky this time.

I will from now on work on being more confident when it comes to relationships. My last partner always made fun of me when I raised the issue of sexual health ("Do you want me to visit you with a certificate next time" "Don't you trust me" bla bla bla...)

In future I guess I will not even think about taking my clothes of if a man is not mature enough to take hiv & Co. seriously !!!

By the way, the testing centre where I live (in France) did not do an ELISA test. They used the Abbott Architect HIV Ag/Ab Combo, and the result says: negative for HIV 1 and 2. But there is number next to it : 0.10

I only saw that number at home so couldn't ask the doc there. If you have a second, could you kindly explain what that means? (As there is a slight mini-worry left that this could mean something bad.....).

Is the Abbott replacing the ELISA test? I just had a look on the Body's website but couldn't find an answer to that. Only found out that the Abbott has been approved quite recently.

Anyway Dr Bob, I hope I can trust those results, even if my six months haven't been quite up - I was two weeks early!

So, once again my HUGE Thank You to you. I am ever so grateful for your advice and moral support (I even printed your last reply to encourage me).

I have the greatest respect for your work and as long as I have an income and as long as your organisation exists, you can count me amongst your regular donators.

I wish you a lovely Christmas time and for the New Year health and happiness. Joyeux Noel !

Response from Dr. Frascino


WOOO-HOOO! Or in French, YOUPIE!

Thanks for your thanks and kind comments. They are appreciated.

The test you took (Abbott Architest HIV Ag/Ab Combo) is considered a fourth generation test. It includes an HIV-antibody test (like the ELISA) and an antigen test, which can sometimes pick up HIV infection a bit earlier. Your value, 0.10, is well under the cutoff value and merely means you are negative for HIV-1 and HIV-2. You can now put that mini-worry permanently to rest. Your negative results at two weeks short of six months are definitive, conclusive and Dr.-Bob-certified WOO-HOO-able! HIV is not your problem. No way. No how. No additional HIV (or hepatitis) tests are warranted.

I also wanted to extend a special thank you for your ongoing support of The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation ( This is urgently needed and very warmly appreciated in this season of giving. In return I'm sending you my good-luck/good-health karma that you are now and will forever be HIV free.

Be well. Stay well. Noel!

Dr. Bob

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