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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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