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Worried about contracting HIV - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
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User :   I
Doctor :   hi
User :   Hi good morning, doctor
Doctor :   .Dr. XXXXXXXX here.
Doctor :   how can I help you? please proceed with your health query.
User :   I have some health problem, i feel
User :   it happened that i had unprotected sex with one lady once
User :   anyhow, i feel that she has transmitted disease
Doctor :   ok
User :   one month after our physical interaction, i went to the hospital and had one medical check up, and the result showed negative.
Doctor :   what symptoms do you have at present?
User :   However, i am still worries about it.
User :   Today, i found there is very less sperm
User :   I do feel tired but i am wondering if it is because i am having kind of irregular life style
Doctor :   semen ejaculate can vary from 1 ml to 6.5 ml, do not be worried if it was within this range
User :   or, i do also have lot back pain, and i am not sure if all these are symtoms
Doctor :   how long back did you have the unprotected intercourse?
User :   It has been now around 4 months
Doctor :   does she have any STD or any other infection?
Doctor :   what investigations have you already done? what were the results?
Doctor :   please describe your back pain in detail
User :   I had the medical check up one month after our interaction and i am not sure if the result produced after one month can be a valid one for i heard the disease cannot be detected with six months
Doctor :   if you still suspect any infection, I would recommend you to get a screening for STD done which would include detection of all major infections
Doctor :   relax yourself, and maintain a healthy lifestyle with healthy food and sleep habits.
Doctor :   please describe your back pain in detail
User :   But would you see any such possibility for getting infected as i had the check up after one month
Doctor :   any unprotected intercourse can result in infection if the partner is suspected to have infection
User :   i understand that part, but wondering if the check up after one month would be a valid one or not
Doctor :   since you do not know the infection status of the lady with whom you had intercourse, getting the tests repeated will be beter
Doctor :   can you tell me what work up was done for you ?
User :   okay, see i am infected, then can it be treated, including HIV?
Doctor :   few infections do get detected at one month time. however it would help me answer you better if you can give me details/names of the tests done
Doctor :   along with the results of the tests
User :   I did HIV test and the result showed negative
Doctor :   was it PCR DNA TEST or ELISA test that was done for HIV?
User :   ELISA test
Doctor :   were other screening tests for the STD infections done at that time?
Doctor :   ELISA can be repeated after 3 months to see in=f there is any seroconversion. PCR DNA test done will confirm whether infection is there or not.
User :   No and i was just blood test and i do such blood test every year even if i do not interact with anyone
Doctor :   and if PCR DNA comes back negative at anytime, it would mean that you do not have HIV
Doctor :   in that case, get STD screening done too.
User :   Okay and may i know how much it could cost for PCR DNA test usually?
Doctor :   where are you located?
User :   I am located in
User :   I feel very easy to go for such test, and wondering if such test can be done from small hospital.
Doctor :   it would depend wher you rae getting the test done
Doctor :   few labs differ in costs
User :   I would prefer one major test
Doctor :   it would cost between 2400-4000 depending whether they do a qualitative test or quantitative test
Doctor :   it should be done in a standard lab
Doctor :   like
Doctor :   *diagnostics
User :   Okay and i would prefer one qualitative test, and could you recommend one?
Doctor :   contact any of these labs, and get the test done. You might require a prescription for it from your treating doctor, so get one from him/her before proceeding with it
Doctor :   ask for STD screening tests and PCR DNA test
User :   Doctor, i am just wondering if any such symtom would be reflected three months after unprotected intercourse.
Doctor :   other STDs if left untreated can be as dangerous as HIV, and produce worse complications and deformities
Doctor :   do not ignore them
User :   Okay, thanks lot doctor for your advice. however, what prescription is required.
Doctor :   I have asked you earlier about other symptoms and to describe your symptoms in detail, which would give me idea of what is happening.
User :   i feel tired is one symptoms and getting back pain is one sysptoms
User :   but i do not know how to detail them for it is very common expression for us
Doctor :   do you have any other symptoms like itching or burning when passing urine or semen ejaculation
User :   No and I do not have such problem and i have itching problem around my thigh, but i believe it is just skin problem
User :   I have had itching around my thigh long time back, even before i had this unprotected sex
Doctor :   ok
User :   since i am working on computer, and i sometimes excuse myself that is also one reasons
Doctor :   ok
User :   I do not want to infect any other person, and i want to make sure if i am infected or not. I can understand it might be risky to take any chance.
Doctor :   I understand that, and hence I suggested you the above mentioned test to go ahead with.
Doctor :   have you followed what I have said?
Doctor :   is there anything I can help you with?
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