|CD4/CD8 results. Help
Jun 16, 2011
Hi doctor Bob, I am from Brazil, age 21. Back in the end of 2006, I performed unprotected cunnilingus in a sexworker. Since then, I am very disturbed by the risk of contracting HIV. In april 2008 I had a CD4 & CD8 test that resulted in CD4=869, CD8= 750, and cd4/cd8= 1.13. I got scared since it was too low. I never felt any symptom of HIV during this time. The thing is, in July 2010, I developed seborrheic dermatitis in my nose, hair scalp and eyebrows, that I've been treating since then. It was the worse period of my life. I was so sure that I was HIV positive that I couldnt even study or hang out with my friends. In feb this year(2011), I took another CD4/CD8 test. The results came cd4= 1228 and cd8-954, with cd4/cd8= 1.29. Now I am still going hiv paranoid again, because I developed candidiasis in my penis last week. I am not fully circumcised, and I know that may have contributed. But its the first time I developed in my entire life. I know that you are questioning yourself: why he never took the HIV test ??? I am too scared to do it. I have too much pressure on my back, from my parents and etc, that I get too scared to face a test.
Please doctor Bob, what do think about my situation ?
Thank you very much in advance.
| Response from Dr. Frascino
Now what's all this nonsense about being too scared to get an HIV test? If you're old enough to have sex, you're old enough to man-up and take responsibility for your actions. Besides, when it comes to HIV disease, knowing is always better than not knowing. See link below.
Cunnilingus carries only a negligible risk for HIV acquisition, barring extenuating circumstances. You can read about this topic in detail in the archives chapter devoted to oral sex. Have a look.
Symptoms are notoriously unreliable in predicting who is and is not HIV infected. The only way to determine if you contracted the virus is to get HIV tested.
Getting CD4/CD8 counts is unwarranted and inappropriate. These are not HIV-diagnostic tests. (Both of yours were completely normal.)
Now turn off the computer and go do what you should have done in 2006: Get tested! So why are you still her continuing to read this? I said turn off the computer and go get tested. You'll be glad you did. Now get going!
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