|Mentally near crazy for family - terrifying symptoms! Help!
Jan 17, 2001
Thanks for the good info on the site. My wife & I have been drained psychologically since I confessed of visiting a prostitute with unprotected sex. Now 6 weeks on, I tested negative but with all signs of acute HIV: low fever (99 normally 11am-2pm), myalgia (neck & arms) and burning sensation on arms and body (10 days after exposure), changing taste (burning) for 6 weeks, changing smell (irrated/burning of detergents), sore throat for 4 weeks, red blood sac in mouth moucus ('blisters'), and red spot on legs and arms (a couple at a time, blanch on pressing). Would PCR viral load test be trustworthy if done? Please help!
| Response from Dr. Young
PCR (viral load testing) is not officially licensed to test for HIV, though I have used it in the acute setting to confirm the diagnosis. One would expect it to be positive in the weeks following initial infection. -- BY
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.
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