[Question #1205] Please advise - Follow up Question
48 months ago
This is an extension to my question starting 370 and 785
I had a sex encounter with a sex worker 18 months back. I used a condom for the same and not sure if the condom broke during the act.
1) I have done 2 HIV ELISA test in well known hospital and 1 rapid test in India post 18 months after exposure and the result have come back negative for these tests.
One was an ELFA test ( Bio Muerix ) , 1 was ECLIA ( Abott ) and 1 was HIV Rapid test. I am not sure whether they are 3rd or 4th generation but does it matter as all the three tests were 18 month after exposure ?
2) As I had mentioned in my previous posts, my tongue irritation in the tip continue ofr ayear now. I could feel some little raised white bumps (10-15 0f them) in the tongue tip and have got into a habit of rubbbing the tongue against the top of mouth. there are tiny cracks around them which causes some discomfort Is this causing it not to heal ? I also have a throat discomfort mostly in upper portion.Is it linked to HIV or no way ?
3) I did a CBC and ESR test yesterday ? The CBC was normal but ESR showed 40 which made me concerened. I have a lymph node near my right jaw which is palpable and half a cm in diameter ( movable) . I had a tooth pain near that node recently and a cold 2 weeks back which is almost gone now .Can you give some insight on the ESR of mine ( is it normal to have an ESR of 40 in such conditions and should I worry about it ?
4) Is the palpable lymph node cause for concern and can I link it to HIV ?
I had forgotten about HIV for last 3 months but getting worried again. Please advise the way forward. I can ignore all the above if HIV is not the issue
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
48 months ago