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Tingling in hands and feet/legs
May 8, 2002

Before I ask my question, I would like to take the time to praise the services you provide to the public. You are both very informative. My question is this, I have been feeling a tingling in my hands and feet/legs. I have not been tested for HIV/AIDS. In fact it has been a few years since I went for a check up. But what seems to be worrying me is that I have not been in many high risk situations. I 30 yrs. old, hetrosexual, and I have dated the same girl for about 5 yrs. before we split up a couple of years back. We were both eachothers first sexual parthners and faithful to eachother. The only past sexual contacts have been through lab dancing (past 2 yrs.) which I have read many times on this site that sre considered very low risk. This leads me to conclude that my risk for HIV are very low. Then what would explain these sensations in my extremities. Is the tingling usually one of the first symptoms?. I have also read that per. neuropathy usually occurs late in the HIV stage (symptomic stage), usually 10 yrs. span. What is your advise? And what percent of the HIV infected population expercience per. neuropathy as the first symptoms of the disease?

Response from Dr. Henry

Very low % (< 5%).



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