|tested w/# in phonebook, results valid or a scam
Aug 8, 2002
I had unprotected sex in May of 2000 with a man of unknown status. In Sept of 2000, I tested negative at a respected women's clinic. Still worried that I didn't wait long enough after exposure, I tested again through a number in the yellow pages in March of 2001, 10 months after possible exposure. They confidentially sent me to a lab to have blood taken and sent for results, which again came back negative.
However, since the incident, I have had several horrible symptoms that I never did before: frequent thin, painful cuts in the vaginal and anal area; purplish-white blotches on my legs that have been there now for over 6 months, a constant horrible numbness in the side of my head that has persisted for over a year now. I went to the women's clinic regarding these symptoms, and received little help or explanation.
I am fearful that I may be positive and that the test were in error. Even worse, I'm concerned that the number I called in the phone book was a scam. Is it possible that my blood was never tested? How do I find out for sure?
I'm tired of constantly worrying about this. I've had 2 tests since the incident that both came back negative, but I still feel unsure. The symptoms I discussed are overwhelming me with fear. What should I do?
Response from Dr. Sullivan
Assuming the first test was reliable, you have no reason to think you are infected; your symptoms are nonspecific and not indicative of HIV; JLS.
Anxious and scared
SAME QUESTION, 3RD TIME...HELP!!!
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.