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Worried symptom
May 13, 2003

Dear Doctor,

In March 2002, I engaged in one unprotected sexual encounter. In November 2002, I developed a dry cough, and now it is May 2003. I still have this chronic cough. Occasinonally I have had diarrea, but no more than a day or two. I have not had a fever or displayed any other symptoms. My tongue is a little white though. I called this person, and she told me she had a HIV test which came out negative in Oct'02. Should I be worried that this chronic cough is a HIV related symptom? This cough sometimes makes me want to throw up from the mucus build up, along with a scratchy throat. Please help. Thank you.

Response from Dr. Sullivan

I do not think you have been infected with HIV; chronic cough can be caused by many things, however, if you are really concerned you can relieve your anxiety by getting an HIV test; JLS.

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