Dear honorable dr. Robert J. Frascino, aka dr. Bob,
I know u must be so busy reading all these questions about guys (its almost always guys isnt it) who couldnt keep their peckers in their pants.
But hey, being a 20yo student what else is on your mind:) Here goes my story, i've been posting every day since december 2nd, u surely mustve read my story by now:) :
About 14 months ago, in a drunk escapade on a holiday in Thailand I had sex with a Thai girl. Although she did no charge me any money I am led to belive she was in fact a sex worker (i worked this out the next day when i sobered up, a friend of hers did charge a friend of mine money, i met her in a karaoke bar etc. etc.). In this escapade I took of the condom, and then a bit later, put it on again but this time the wrong side out (don't ask, very drunk).
About 2 weeks after the exposure I got a nasty skin rash (never ever had this before) combined with a soar throat, feeling weak and fluish.
This lasted for a week but in the months coming i developed pharyingitis (twice), candida infection in my mouth, bleeding gums and the bacteria in my mouth were out of control (dentist did a culture), which also caused severe bleedings of my gums. Also i got spotanious bruises every couple of days in this period. Also I developed bowel problems (diarea, upset bowel, grumbling, cramps etc.)
Now, 14 months later I did the following tests:
HIV antibody at 1.5, 2, 3, 6, 9 and 10.5 month.
P24-test and PCR-DNA test at 3 months.
All were negative.
As for other diseases i tested negative on pretty much every tropical disease and hep A,B,C etc.
The tests were done in my home country (the Netherlands) as well as in the US where i studies for a few months. In the US they also did a CD4 test, my CD4 was 483 and my CD8 was elevated (don't know the numbers). Also the ratio was off. Because of this the doctor ordered another HIV-test (i didnt tell him about the Thailand adventure).
Up till this day my gums bleed frequently, i developed tumorlike bumps on the inside of my cheeks and my lymph nodes in my neck are swollen and painful (for 14 months now).
Before my Thailand adventure I never really had any medical complaints.
The reason I ask you and not go face-to-face with a medical expert here is because my doctor thinks I'm overreacting. He tells me there's no way I can have HIV (he already said that after 3 months, haven't visited him since). So if i go there I'm afraid he'll just send me on my way again and takes me for some hypochondriac.
My question: do you think my complaints are, despite my negative tests, caused by HIV? Is there a way that the tests somehow don't pick up on the Thai hiv-Subtype (CRF-ae). I've read some medical research that suggests that 1.)the window period is longer and 2.)not all PCR-DNA tests pick up on the subtype E.
Is there ground to worry/ do I need to see a doctor again?
You're doing great work here at the body, and I like you, hope that Obama will make a cure for HIV possible soon! I believe that with enough funding this disease is beatable!
Your repeatedly negative HIV tests, including six HIV-antibody tests out to 10.5 months and an undetectable P-24 and PCR-DNA at three months, are definitive and conclusive. HIV is not your problem. No way. No how. Whatever is causing your "symptoms," one thing is absolutely certain: It's not HIV!
Be well. Happy Holidays.