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Lynph Nodes and HIV
Aug 24, 2011

My husband is HIV positive and he has been for several years now. He has two lymph nodes on the right side of his neck that are very enlarged and sore and now there is one on the left side that is enlarging. He had a fever and took some alka seltzer to knock that out because we thought he was just having a cold. He still has the nodes on his neck only now they are causing a sore throat and he is having a difficult time swallowing. He does not have a fever. About two weeks ago he went in for a normal check up and he was given a hep-a and hep-b shot at the same time. He has called the nurse and they have not answered and we need to figure out what to do. Could all this be because of the shots he received?

Response from Dr. Henry

The enlarging lymph nodes you describe would be unlikely due to the recent vaccinations-a clinical evaluation is needed to determine the cause (HIV, other infection such as a mycobacteria or nocardia for example, drainage from other infection in the area such as throat/mouth and numerous other possible causes). KH



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