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Inflamed colon
Oct 1, 2013

Hi I have an inflamed bowel which occurred a few weeks after u had sex. I tested negative at 3 month post exposure. However I was taken medication. I wanted to know if my inflamed bowel and its medication could affect the HIV test? Also as I tested negative are my symtoms due to something else other than HIV? Please answer my questions I am so worried . Thank you

Response from Dr. Wohl

Inflammation of the rectum can increase risk of transmission following an ejaculation of HIV-infected semen during anal sex.

Neither medication nor an inflamed bowel leads to a false positive HIV test.

DW



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