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Scared it's PN

Jun 29, 2011

Hi Dr. Bob,

I had unprotected vaginal sex last month with my on and off boyfriend. About 3 or 4 weeks later, I started having tickling sensations all over my body. That lasted a few days...and now I have constant burning sensations all over my body. They are actually not that bad at night as it is in the day time. The burning sensations even appear of my face, neck, hands, arms, toes, legs, etc. I'm really scared. I've been looking this condition up on the internet everyday since i've had the symptoms (the past two weeks). Could this be PN/ARS? Does this sound like HIV-related peripheral neuropathy? I'm going to take a test at the 3 month mark...and I will donate a generous amount to your organization. Thanks ARE the man!

Response from Dr. Frascino


Unprotected sex is never a good idea whether your boyfriend is "on," "off" or "on and off"!

Your symptoms -- "tickling sensations all over my body...constant burning sensations all over my body..." -- are not suggestive of or worrisome for HIV-related acute retroviral syndrome (ARS) or peripheral neuropathy (PN). I'll post a link below that discusses HIV-associated PN.

Thanks for your support of The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation ( It's warmly appreciated. In return I'm sending you my good-luck/good-health karma that you are now and will forever be HIV free.

Good luck. Be well.

Dr. Bob

Understanding and Managing Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy Mar 28, 2011

vaginal fluids on urethra(donation on the way)
Good Samaritan Exposure?

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