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Sore throat, tonsillitis - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
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User :   Hi, may I answer your health queries rig
User :   Hello?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How may i help you ?
User :   How do I know that you are an actual doctor?
User :   Because I called the contact us and a foreign man answered and then hung up on me .. I called back and no answer
User :   Whats this about
Doctor :   this is dr
User :   And where do you practice
Doctor :   if you have medical query you can proceed
User :   I recently developed tonsillitis
Doctor :   ok
User :   And I have white patches on the back of my throat
Doctor :   ok
User :   Along with that I have a slight fever, headache, bad breath, ear pain and neck stiffness/pain
User :   Difficulty swallowing
Doctor :   ok
User :   I am completely and utterly conviced it is Acute HIV infection
Doctor :   how ?
User :   Well me and my boyfriend got tested 8 months into our relationship and starte having unprotected sex
User :   He cheated on me, but it was protected
Doctor :   ok
User :   I, in the meantime, did not know
User :   And still continued to have unprotected sex
User :   And now I am so worried
Doctor :   ok
User :   It was about 5 weeks ago
User :   I got a rapid test for strep, which was negative and a mono blood test that was negative
Doctor :   ok
User :   I haven't gotten back the full culture for strep
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   only way to find out and confirm whether you have been infected with the HIV or not is by blood test for HIV
Doctor :   do you have undergone a blood test for HIV ?
User :   I have before
User :   Not since I developed symptoms
User :   Should I be worried?
Doctor :   the symptoms you have described can happen in any viral, bacterial and or allergic pharyngitis
Doctor :   and it need not be only strep only
User :   So a number of viruses can cause these symptoms is what you are saying
Doctor :   yes
User :   But if it were a cold
User :   I would have a runny nose etc.
User :   I dont have any of that
Doctor :   need not be
User :   And what about the ear pain?
Doctor :   it is the part of the symptoms of the pharyngitis
User :   I was under the assumption it was tonsillitis
User :   ?
Doctor :   the symptoms goes in favor of pharyngitis
User :   With white patches?
Doctor :   and the cause is viral, bacterial or chemical or allergic may be any
Doctor :   the treatment is tylenol 3 to 4 times a day, with warm saline gargle
Doctor :   antibiotics are required if the throat is congested and fiery red
Doctor :   regarding the HIV infection - the pharyngitis is not conclusive of the hiv infection
Doctor :   for that one should undergo blood testing
Doctor :   usually the ELISA method is done which take few weeks to detect
Doctor :   the earliest way to detect if some one is infected is DNA PCR analysis
Doctor :   which can detect the infection as early 1 week from the day of potential exposure
Doctor :   are you there ?
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