HIV and HEP C: Delayed Seroconversion


Dear Dr. Bob,

I see that many people rely on your service. Thank you for your time and expertise. I will make a donation to your foundation to support your efforts.

Here is my issue. I tested negative on antibody tests for HIV and Hep C numerous times as far out as 6 months past a possible exposure. I also tested "not detected" on an HIV DNA PCR at 4 and 5.5 months and the same on a HEP C RNA PCR. I would woo-hoo except that I have had a long list of strange symptoms that make me question the findings. Also, LFTs and CBC have been consistently normal in four tests taken over the last 6 months.

The symptoms have included sinus infections, sore throat, shingles, conjunctivitis, encephalomeningitis, painful peripheral neuropathy, 25-30 pound weight loss, diarrhea, sweating, and pain on the right side of my abdomen.

Please let me know what you think.



Your repeatedly negative antibody tests for HIV and hepatitis C out to six months plus your negative HIV DNA PCR and hepatitis C RNA PCR at 4 and 5.5 months are absolutely conclusive and definitive. HIV and hepatitis C are not your problems. No way. No how. No additional testing for these two illnesses is warranted.

Unfortunately I cannot diagnose the cause of your symptoms over the Internet. However, what I can do with absolute certainty is advise you that neither HIV nor hepatitis C is the cause!

Thank you for your donation to the Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation ( Follow up with your general medical doctor if you have any persistent symptoms. However, remember the cause is definitely not HIV or hepatitis C.

Good luck.

Dr. Bob