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Chronic Pitted Keratolysis & White coated tongue but negative tests
Feb 3, 2011

Dr Bob,

I had an exposure four years ago and since then (amongst other numerous problems and skin conditions) had a white coated tongue, and for the past year, chronic / recurrent pitted keratolysis (this seems to clear up quickly for most people).

I'm petrified the tests (numberous AB & DUO) may be wrong and these conditions being a sign of infection.

What do you think? Am I being paranoid, or should I get another type of test?

Please help!

Yours,

Going Nuts.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello "Going Nuts,"

Do I think you're being paranoid??? Absolutely!

Your "...'numberous' AB and DUO" negative HIV tests are definitive, conclusive, WOO-HOO-able and move-on-already-able! The evidence is overwhelming and irrefutable. HIV is not your problem. No way. No how. No additional HIV tests are warranted. A negative HIV test outside the window period trumps "symptoms" each and every time.

If you remain "petrified," despite my reassurance, I suggest you seek psychotherapy (counseling) to help you confront and conquer your totally irrational and completely unwarranted HIV fears.

Dr. Bob



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