Apr 25, 2002
Dear Dr. Henry, I know this isnt your forum but i would feel more comfortable if you could answer my question since you are on campus here. I had a high risk sexual encounter about 3.5 months ago and have been experiencing ARS symptoms for about 12 weeks. My last ELISA test was negative at 13 weeks after potential exposure. My symptoms include swollen nodes, cold feet, dry mouth, cracking joints, tiredness, stiff neck, occasional night sweats, loss of appetite (no weight loss). my doctor put me on paxil about 1.5 months ago and symptoms still persist. What do you think i should do? just wait or get more tests done? Could it be another virus transmitted through my sexual encounter? please answer and thank you
| Response from Dr. Henry
To relieve your anxiety I would get an HIV RNA test if you haven't done so already. If negative then it extraordinarily unlikely that your symptoms are due to HIV. Other viral infections (herpes, CMV, hepatitis, EBV) can cause symptoms like that at times. KH
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