How Concerned Should I Be About Persistent Swollen Lymph Nodes
I live in the UAE where being HIV positive will get me deported. I’ve had three negative tests (most recent being 95 days after potential exposure) but I am nervous that because I went to an anonymous clinic that the results could have been inaccurate. I have visited a GP but have had to avoid addressing my concerns directly. Could a viral or bacterial infection other than HIV still be causing my nodes to be swollen after all this time? My doctor did basic blood work and identified that I have hypothyroidism but it doesn’t seem related.
I’ve had no tests for viruses or bacteria with him. If I do have HIV and it is identified in a test I will be imprisoned.
Are there any viruses or bacteria other than HIV that would cause this ongoing symptom for such an extended period of time?
Lymph Node enlargement may be due to multiple bacterial and viral infections.
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I have gone through your query and here is my opinion.
Lymphadenopathy may be due to multiple reasons like infections(Bacterial and Viral), autoimmune diseases, malignancies, storage diseases, and drug reactions.
It might be just benign hyperplasia of lymph nodes.
But of course, generalized lymphadenopathy is most commonly associated with systemic viral infections.
HIV is only one of them.
However, I want to re-emphasize that HIV is not the only cause of lymph nodes enlargement and it might be because of many bacterial and viral infection s.
You should visit your clinician for a complete evaluation, detailed clinical examination, and investigations.
Hope that I have answered your query.
Stay healthy and stay blessed.