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To: Gary npa , BDG? testing service reliable?
      #8711 - 08/21/00 11:01 PM

I have not posted for a while. here is my story i gave a female sex worker in brazil oral sex. i tested negative at 6 weeks then again at 12 weeks. i took a 2nd generation and a third generation test. I have had a persistent throat problem for the last ten weeks. it feels like something stuck in the right side of my throat. i have gone through 3 ent doctors with neg results they gave me MRI neg results, tested me for Hep a,b,c and Gonnorea, and other std except for Herpes. iam now convinced it is not Hiv although iam still going to test at 6 month , just my nature i guess. I have two questions first, what do you all think it could be? Second, how reliable is quest diag service i used them for the 3rd generation test at 12 weeks through the 1800 number and i know they use smithkline beecham to process the test, but i have been unable to get results mailed to myself for last two weeks, does anyone have similiar experience or know how reliable this service is? thanks for all the support



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      #8713 - 08/21/00 11:21 PM

Well let me explain your throat problems. If your symptoms sound similar to this, then again, stress and depression are the culprit. Obviously, at the moment of your exposure, I am sure you might have begun to obsess with being exposed. If this was the case, I am sure you then began to stress about waiting for some sort of illness to onset. The throat problem may occur for the following reasons. First, does the "something" in your throat amplify when you swallow? Also, do you consistently make swallow movements because it seems as though something is stuck? If so, this is a common occurance in indivduals who suffer from imense stress and deep depression. I know...I was there. The throat/pharynx region is filled with a great deal of capillaries and sensitive tissues. Believe it or not, the onset of stress increases blood flow to this area. Perhaps there are some underlying reasons. One reason is that stress is a survival mechanism. The increased blood flow to your throat (and other areas of your digestive system) actually depresses one's appetite and makes blood more available to other vital organs (such as visceral). Prolonged periods of stress cause a semi-permanent inflammation of the region which increases because of consistent irratation. (ie...consistently performing swallowing movements). My method to resolve a similar problem was to drink water with slow gulps when the symptom appears to be most prominent. Reduce the exaggerated swallowing movements that you probably make to see if it is still "there". And, finally, relax. It wiill take about one week for it to subside. Remeber, stress doesn't measn you have to feel stressed. It also is a physiological dilemma than can occur becuase of subconcsious or repressed worries. 12 weeks is conclusive. Good Luck.



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      #8730 - 08/22/00 11:32 AM

You think you have something stuck in your throath, that stays forever, no matter what you do, and you feel is like a ball of mucus? If so, welcome to the world of POST NASAL DRIP. First I was afraid, i was petrified because I tough that was an early symptom of hiv infection but on the research i did all the people told me it was not associate with hiv. Why dont you ask another doctor or your doctor about this? It would be interesting too!



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Re: To: Gary npa , BDG? testing service reliable? new
      #8738 - 08/22/00 12:18 PM

I'd keep pursuing the ENT angle. Maybe even to to an internal medicine/infectious disease specialist and at least get a consultation. You dont have hiv, but need to get to the bottom of what you DO have.

Quest and SKB are both very reputable and I'd trust anythign that came from either one.



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