[Question #7432] Follow up to question #6452

3 months ago
Dr HHH, 

Happy Thanksgiving and hope your holiday was great.  I come to you as a returning customer who wrote question # 6452 months ago.   I was just rereading our conversation and came across this that you wrote    

“Therefore, I stand by the quote above. With negative AbAb tests beyond 6 weeks, you can be 100% certain you don't have HIV.“

I’m just confused as to what AbAb tests are. Was this supposed to be AgAb tests beyond 6 weeks ?  I just want to make sure I took the right tests because I have taken AgAb tests well beyond 6 weeks that were HIV negative.  Please refer to question #6452 if you can’t remember my situation.  

Thank you for your time.  Happy Holidays 
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
3 months ago
As you know from your multiple previous posts on this forum, Dr. Handsfield and I share the forum and which of us answers any particular question is a matter of chance. On this occasion I will be providing your reply. It saddens me to see that you have continued to unnecessarily worry over your exposure and over developed or a quick test which occurred about 5 years ago.  I know from previous exchanges that you acknowledge that you have OCD and you have repeatedly displayed the pattern of over reading and over worrying about typographical errors.   I hope that you are still seeking treatment for your OCD.

When I went back to the reply that you were referring to it is absolutely clear that Dr. Handsfield was referring to an antigen/antibody (Ag/Ab) test. In fact in the body of the text while he did mistakenly type Ag/Ag on one occasion, as part of the same reply, he type the correct term- Ag/Ab.  I trust you appreciate that your concern is a manifestation of your OCD and nothing more. 

On previous occasions both Dr. Handsfield and I have warned you that repetitive, anxiety-driven questions run the risk of being deleted without a response and without return of your posting fee.  I will repeat that warning now. Please except your test results, believe that you did not acquire HIV in your exposure nearly 5 years ago and move forward. I encourage you to continue working with your therapist.Take care. EWH
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3 months ago
Thank you   However he replied AbAb not AgAg like you said.  Which is why I was just concerned because I thought AbAb was a different test    I assume you meant he said AbAb as well as what he mistakenly typed.  Sorry for the confusion 
3 months ago
What I mean is when you said he wrote AgAg he actually wrote AbAb which is the reason I was concerned in the first place.   Any help would be appreciated if you could clear that up.   Thanks doc 
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
3 months ago
OH PLEASE!!!!!!!!   I should have written Ab/Ab.  The point remains the same- Dr. Handsfield made a typographical error, just as I did.  I suggest you print out this exchange and show it to your therapist.  EWH ---