Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
195 Doctors are Online

Mononucleosis and HIV - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
User rating for this question
Excellent Posted in: HIV and AIDS
Answered by

General & Family Physician
Practicing since : 2005
Answered : 2408 Questions
User :   Hello!I am 31 years old and recently got mononucleosis. I got it really bad, which i know is quite normal if u get it at an adult age, and needed to stay at a hospital because of difficulties drinking water and it was harder to breathe than normal because there was not much space left in my throat.I was in a foreign country where mono amonst adults are not very common as i have read. I had a specialist doctor who treated me. I had to stay for a long time, a total of 10 days. It took about 6 days before the steroids(prednisolone) that they gave me made me get better. But when i got better i really got a lot better. Then i stayed a few more days until i had been there a total of 10 days. I was in really bad shape the day i came in and i found it very natural that it would take so long to get the swelling down, and my specialist was not so surprised either.
When i talked to another doctor, not the specialist, before finally checking out of the hospital he told me it was good i finally got better and that some people who take "so long" getting better with steroids maybe should be checked for hiv. i was shocked when he said that so i didnt think about asking him more about it. but after he said it he told me with a smile that "but dont worry, in your case its very unlikely u have hiv". Unfortunately i didnt think to ask him why he thinks for some they should take a test but i didnt have a reason to do so.
I was just wondering is this true? I dont see why it is that unnormal for a 31 year old man to take 6-7 days before getting over such a serious case of mono with steroids... I have no reason to believe i am hiv positive, but i guess i will be taking a test. but i would like to hear a specialists opinion since i didnt get to ask my specialist over there what he thought about it. I have read extremely much about mono now, but excactly this one question was hard for me
User :   to get answered.
p.s. i will test no matter what the answer is, i am more just curious. also they did a test for mono so it was definately epstein barr virus i had. i have also been using protecting during sexual encounters and have no reason to believe i have hiv.
thanks a lot
Doctor :   hello
User :   hello!:)
Doctor :   i am Dr xxx here
User :   nice to meet u
Doctor :   give me a minute let me read your query
User :   my question might be a little bit confusing. but i guess my question is " it is not far out of the ordinary to spend a week getting better from such a serious case of monocluneosis, right?". Seems like many other people also spend that much time gettting better without offcourse having hiv. and the specialist mentioned nothing of this also.
User :   ok i will wait offcourse:)
Doctor :   you had protective sex ?
User :   yes
Doctor :   well there is no way for you to get HIV
User :   ok
Doctor :   EB virus is the most common infection seen in AIDS patients
Doctor :   so thats the reason for the connection they made in your case
User :   do u know how long it is normal for a person with serious complications with mononucleosis to get better from use of steroids?
User :   ah i see! thats interesting. i didnt know that
Doctor :   but its not vice versa... that if you have mono you will have aids
User :   yes i know
Doctor :   the course of treatment varies on the severity of the disease
User :   mine was very very severe...
Doctor :   and how well ones body responds to the steroids
User :   because i got it at a late age. and was on vacation in a very hot environment with little help. (im from a cold country)
Doctor :   there is not a fixed time line
User :   but 6-7 days could be quite normal u think?
Doctor :   yes its normal
User :   within the normal... because i know a guy who also used 7 days to get better. but i dont know if its normal for severe cases
User :   ok i see
User :   that eb is the most common infection in aids patients was very interesting info. i guess that is what many get during acute case when they just got hiv. now i see how that doctor could make the connection to hiv...
Doctor :   you recovered that's the main concern ... in how much time does not matter... how long you fought the infection
Doctor :   yes Eb virus is very notorious to be resent in HIV positive patients
Doctor :   present
User :   ok i see
User :   well i dont think i have anything to worry about will get the test anyway
User :   i was just confused so it was nice to get it cleared up
User :   thank u very much for ur help
Doctor :   you can do it for your satisfaction . and yes you have nothing to worry about
Doctor :   your welcome
User :   impressive how u can help so quiclkly
User :   ok thank u
Doctor :   thank you
User :   have a nice weekend:)
User :   bye
Doctor :   you too take care
Doctor :   bye
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor