[Question #2770] Follow up question (#2762) XMRV?

43 months ago
Dr H,

I was just curious if my symptoms are/were consistent with XMRV? I've never heard of this and no Dr's have ever brought this up as a possibility. Is this a cause for concern for my symptoms? I apologize for bothering you again but would like to know your thoughts.

Thanks in advance.
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
43 months ago
I've never heard of it either, had to google it (Xenotropic Murine leukemia virus-Related Virus). I have no comment on its potential relationship to your symptoms. This forum is limited to HIV and other STDs and we do not attempt to evaluate or provide advice about other infections -- and to my knowledge there is no evidence that XMRV is sexually transmitted. Sorry I can't be more helpful.

HHH, MD

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43 months ago
Dr. H,

I apologize but I thought it was an STD. Didn't mean to ask a question that wasn't relevant to the forum. I thought you would be familiar with it and possible sexual exposure. Thanks again 
43 months ago
Dr H,

I'm assuming in all your years in dealing with STD's you've never came across someone who contracted XMRV From a sexual exposure?
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
43 months ago
No I have not.---
43 months ago
Dr H,

One last question: 

Have you ever told someone that they can be confident they are infected with nothing from the sexual encounter that would ever harm their health or that of a current or future sex partner and been wrong?
43 months ago
Dr. H,

I'm not questioning your knowledge or expertise. It's for my own peace of mind.
43 months ago
Dr. H,

I just cant stop thinking that I possibly contracted something 7 years ago that I either did not test for or went undetected despite all the negative test results. During time of pregnancies my wife never had an abnormal papsmear or anything abnormal come up in any bloodwork/testing but not sure if something could have gone undetected than as well.
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
43 months ago
"Have you ever told someone that they can be confident they are infected with nothing from the sexual encounter that would ever harm their health or that of a current or future sex partner and been wrong?" Yes, I have frequently given that advice both on this forum and in the clinic.

"I just cant stop thinking that I possibly contracted something 7 years ago that I either did not test for or went undetected despite all the negative test results." Unfortunately, I cannot help that you're having trouble letting this go. All the forum moderators can do is give our assessment and advice based on the available science and our extensive clinical experience. The rest is up to you. Clearly you are obsessed with this, which is a psychological problem, not one related to STD. It would appear to be seriously affecting your life and happiness, and I strongly suggest professional counseling as the logical next step.

That concludes this thread. Also, please note the forum does not permit repeated questions on the same topic or exposure. This will have to be your last one; future new questions about this exposure, testing, and your fears about HIV or other STDs will be deleted without reply and without refund of the posting fee. This policy is based on compassion, not criticism, and is designed to reduce temptations to keep paying for questions with obvious answers. In addition, experience shows that continued answers tend to prolong users' anxieties rather than reducing them. Finally, such questions have little educational value for other users, one of the forum's main purposes. I trust you will understand.

I hope you follow up with the obviously necessary counseling. Best wishes to you.

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