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Neuropathy & Nausea
Jan 23, 2005

Hi Doc,

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE read this. I have tested NEGATIVE at 9,11,14(all ELISA) and 20(Oraquick) weeks.I also did the PCR testing which came back negative. But still I have symptoms of HIV. I am experiencing pain in my groin, enlarged lymph nodes in my neck(size of pea) and burning sensation on my hands and legs (peripheral neuropathy) and nausea through out the day. How soon a person experience peripheral neuropathy after being infected with HIV? Am I sero converting little bit longer time than regular people. Please advise me my 20 week test is conclusive or do I need to take one more test at 6 months.

Response from Dr. Conway

Although peripheral neuropathy can be associated with acute HIV infection, your serial test results (including the negative PCR test) effectively rule out HIV infection, especially from an exposure that occurred 20 weeks ago. I would not worry about HIV any longer, unless you have had a more recent exposure.

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