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Jul 11, 2011

I had a risky encounter almost 6 months ago. Around 6 weeks after my exposure i developed swollen lymph nodes in neck, armpit and groin (confirmed by physician and ultrasound scan). The nodes are painless and about 2 cm long. I took an HIV test at 13 weeks after my exposure, negative. My doctor said it must be some infection an that it should go away soon. Well, it didn't. My nodes are still there same size. I took a CBC test showing normal values and also tested negative for mono. I have an appointment with my physician next week because this doesn't look very normal to me.

I'm still very worry about HIV. I'm conscious about my negative result at 3 months, but I can't find anything else to relate my nodes to than HIV. It would be just to much of a coincidence to have this right now after a risky sex encounter.

Would you recommend me to take another HIV test??? just to be sure? would you take one in my case?

Thank you.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi.

The vast, vast majority of swollen lymph nodes have absolutely nothing to do with HIV. If your doctor cannot identify the cause of your swollen nodes and you continue to worry about HIV, you could get a six-month repeat HIV-antibody test primarily to gain peace of mind. The result will undoubtedly be negative.

Good luck.

Dr. Bob



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