[Question #2952] Hiv

41 months ago
Good afternoon,

Sorry im back, but im really confussed. I gave oral m2m and protected anal last nov. 3 weeks later i had burning in my upper back side both sides. This happened about 3 weeks later with pain accuring in my armpits and groin. Exposure was nov 2, 2016. I did oraquick dec 17 2016 which was negative. In may 2017 i started to have headache, stiffneck and continued to have pain in armpits ans groin. I have seen alot of doctors and had alot of blood test, but basically cbc has been normal, except the fact platletts have always been around 360, including in may. My most recent platlett count in october dropped all of a sudden to 230, stiif neck is worse, burning in my lower neck, armpit pain and groin pain. Doctors arent worried because platletts are still in the zonem they did ultra sound on my neck and said small reactive lymph node and ultra sound of my armpits that they said was insignificant lymph node swelling. I took another oraquick in september, i follwed the instructions but not to the T. I drink alcohol before and only waited to test about 15 min, it was negative. I want to get a blood test but waiting until i get to the US. Could i be missing something? Could the oraquick be a false neg? Or could it be syphilis? Insignificant lymph node swelling confirmed with headaches. I have seen a neroligist and everyone else and the only meds that help is nopain (napxroen). All this happend since my exposure. I never really got sick after the exposure except for the buring in upper back side along with the armpit and groin pain. Neck has been swollen since may. Im having an esr done on friday, nothing makes sense. What do you think about hiv and or syphilis?
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
41 months ago
Welcome back to the forum, but I'm sorry to see you found it necessary. Having looked back at your other threads, I'm afraid there's nothing more we can do, and I see nothing you should be "confused" about. These are exactly the same questions you asked previously and the answers have not changed. Please go back and carefully re-read our replies to your previous questions.

For sure you do not have HIV:  the test results you had overrule everything else -- no matter how high the risk of HIV at the time of exposure, and no matter what symptoms you have now or may have in the future, your test results prove HIV isn't the cause. False negative test results are too rare to worry about. Your symptoms also are not typical for syphliis, but you could have a blood test for it if you would like additional reassurance.

Your physicians apparently have found nothing wrong, and it is obvious you are overly focused on symptoms that are not caused by any infection from the sexual exposure you are concerned about. Many or all your symptoms are typical for the physical manfiestations of anxiety, depression, etc -- and it seems clear you deeply regret the sexual choice you made. But do not confuse those feelings with infection consequences of that decision:  they are not the same.

Keep working with your doctor(s) if you remain concerned, and also consider professional counseling. But there's nothing more this forum can do for this problem. 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.

In the meantime, do your best to stop worrying about all this. I do hope the forum discussions have been helpful.

HHH, MD
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41 months ago
Sorry sir, ty for answering me back. I re-read my questions and I guess because i have small lymph noded swollen in alot of areas i am really concerned. I thought maybe the oraquick may not be accurate. With most of my blood test normal i am second gussing the oraquick. I did get a control line, is that a good sign? I will be able to take a normal test in 1 month, i just cant now. My cbc was normal and i took a esr test today.  Lymph have been swelling small but vey painful all over with groin, neck and armpits confirmed. You said maybe anxiety, but this wouldnt cause my lymph nodes to swell, correct? I will let you know my test in a month and save my last reply. Im not trying to ask repetive questions, so sorry for that. I appreicate your support
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
41 months ago
The control line shows you did the test properly and that the negative result is reliable. That's why the control line is there.

There is no point in CBC, ESR, or other lab tests; they never indicate HIV when the HIV test itself is negative. Stop doing any tests on your own and instead see a doctor if you remain concerend about your symptoms.


I'll be happy to comment against if you would like to post your test result in a few weeks, but I won't have any further advice until then. Stay relaxed in the meantime. You can count on another negative result.
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41 months ago
Thank you sir. I know this will close this out an i will repay once i get blood drawn. I had mri yesterday and the mri showed numerous reactive lymph nodes in neck and ultra sound showed multiple swollen lymph nodes in armpit not more then 14mm. My blood test were ESR 4. Crp 0.92, cbc 10.1, lympocytes 33, monocytes 6, neutrophlis 56, eosinophis 2.5, basophis .966, rbc 4.6, hgb 1.45, hct .431, mcv 96.5, mch 32.9, mchc 338, rdw 10.6, plt 316, mpv 6.83 (low). I hope u are correct that c-line even though i drink 15 min prior to test is accurate. Sorry im freaking out that i have all these shorty nodes and most of my test are normal besides lymph nodes swollen all over. Thank you and have a good holiday season.
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
41 months ago
If you're doing all those tests etc because of HIV fears, you're wasting money and emotional energy. You don't have it. And I have no further comments or advice.

DO NOT RETURN TO THIS FORUM when you have any additional tests of any kind. Re-read the paragraph with the bold type in my initial reply above. Any further questions from you on this topic will be deleted without reply and without refund of the posting fee.

Best wishes and stay safe.
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