What else could it be?

Question

Rick, thanks for your hard work and very useful advice. I know you say people should not diagnose themselves from their symptoms, but WHAT ELSE could cause, persistent fevers, night sweats, myalgia, nausea, anorexia, sore throats, headaches, diarrhea, lymphadenopathy, oral candidiasis, peripheral neuropathy, and mucocutaneous ulcers over a four month period after a high risk sexual encounter?. My ELISA test after 3 months was OK but my doctor has run out of alternative dignoses so I'm dreading the 6 month test. Help!.

Answer

Hi. Thank you for your question. What else could it be? That answer is so large, it would be the size of a text book! If your symptoms are not going away (or are very severe), and your doctor cannot determine the cause, get a second opinion from another physician. Only laboratory tests can determine the cause of your symptoms. If you CAREFULLY read the symptoms post in the "Frequently Asked Questions" area, you will note that your symptoms are not consistent with recent HIV infection, especially if they have been going on for four months. Obviously, I cannot diagnose your symptoms over the computer (nor can anybody diagnose any persons symptoms over the computer!). Only further laboratory testing will determine the cause of your symptoms.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to call the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide).