Anonymous
I am very worried tonight about the possibility I may have hiv and hope you can help me. Ten years ago I picked up some girl at a bar and had protected intercourse. Two weeks later I had a tonsil infection and flu like symptoms. When that cleared up I had a lump in my throat feeling that came and went on and off. Sometimes very severe and other times just a mild discomfort . My doctor diagnosed me with Gerd and acid reflux disease. But I'm concerned it's hiv. Had rna test and T cell count a month after exposure. Then a test at three, then six months, then at 3 years negative. So I put up with this problem for ten years. Saw five different ENT drs without resolution. Had a home test last year negative. The thing is I guess I experimented with a few high risk individuals in the past of course protected. I've read that the tests are rated according to lifestyle and risk status so was wondering could the tests be wrong?

Thank you.
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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

You are concerned about HIV symptoms you have had although HIV tests have come back negative We are glad to provide some information.

We do not determine the HIV status of an individual using symptoms because some of the symptoms are caused by other viral infections that are not related to HIV. As you have been tested 3 months after the exposure and the results came back negative we can confidently say you are HIV free. As for the symptoms that you mentioned, if they continue please discuss these with your doctor who will provide the best course of treatment. We hope this information will put your mind at rest.

The AIDS Vancouver Helpline Online forum has postings that are related to your question that you can read for additional information. If you have any further questions feel free to contact us again.

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

In health

Lawrence

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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