I think so. I remember you saying 10 weeks would be conclusive. I tested at nine weeks. Am I safe?
Is there no need for further testing? I rather not test again. I have negative test 7, 8 and 9.
Ok, I will. I am just worried with my ocd that something will come up and I will assume . I never tested . If I was to test again should I expect another negative?
Believe it or not, I am doing much better but, every now and then negative thoughts haunt me. I want sleep with my boyfriend again and I know he doesn't have anything because he has tested for life ins and is in the milatary and gets tested every year. I have the doc I work for who has been testing me all along telling me to stop this and sleep with the man. The counselor tells me the same.
I will try. Thanks. You have been right all along.
Thanks again. I would test again but, I am not able to find places that do the rapid test in my city that I haven't already gone to, and everytime I send a specimen to the lab I panic. That is why the doc I work for said it's not worth you getting this upset and test again. I just have these horrible thoughts that I am going to hurt my boyfriend and get him sick.
I will try. If I test again at 10 weeks can that be conclusive. I am conclusive now?
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX everthing.
Dr. my throat is very red and feels irritated. I still have the very tiny white dots on one tonsill. It doesn't hurt to swallow nor do I feel any swollen glands. I can't help but, feel paranoid.
I have no fever and no pain in my throat. Could it be from a post nasal drip? I never saw those little dots before. They have been there for a couple of weeks now. Do you still think its ok to not test again?
Basically nothing I feel from now on will be related to having hiv? I have had problems with my throat since this started for some reason. It is very red, maybe it's always been that way. The little white dots I have no idea. I use to get these white things inside my tonsill all the time and I would sometimes cough them up and they would be very smelly. Any idea what those are? I have always wanted to ask a doctor . They would cause no pain or symtoms.
I will try. It's hard. I try and tell myself how can it possibly change in 2 weeks. If I do test can I be confident it will be negative?
You have to stop defaulting to HIV with any of this. Potentially it could be tonsilitis or tonsil stones, but nothing you've mentioned is a symptom of HIV. And, no, this isn't any other STD of the throat.
Dr. a 10 week negative with a rapid test this morning. I am jumping for joy.
Yes, you did, You have been right all along. I really can stop testing now?
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX for everything. I am hoping I can let this go. I will seek out the therapy we talked about. I suppose I can finally sleep with my future husband. I don't think I can test again anyway. I have gone to every place that offers rapids in this town.
Dr. I am feeling kind of scared still. If I continue to test. Do you predict I will be negative?
Is it really not necessary to go on with this? What are the possiblities of my results chaning by week 12?
I guess I do. I really don't want to test again.
You did. I am just having a hard timing accepting I don't need to test out to 12 weeks but, I really do want to believe I am fine.
Dr. next weekend will be the 12 wees. If I retest sometime before the weekend can I put it behind me and do you honestly think it will be negative?
I am terrified that my results will change in the next week.
Thank you. I am dying with anxiety here. I wanted so much to move on already. Dr. why do they have this 12 week window if you call my 10 week conclusive. Help me understand?
When do you feel comfortable calling a patient conclusive then? 8 weeks 10 weeks? When can a person really move on knowing they won't hurt anyone?
I am way beyond 8 weeks. You would recommend no further testing beyond 8 weeks? That does make me feel better. Despite symptoms? My throat to this day still bothers me and still has those white dots. I will have to take it to the end even though I would love to move on with this result.
I know you have but, I really think I won't let it go until I get the last test. I have done it this long . I just needed to hear that you are certain it won't change. I have faith I will get better. In my mind I keep thinking I am going to be that one weird person that converts late. Have you ever heard of a positive test after 10 weeks?
I won't think that but, what makes you think I am safe to stop now?
Really? Is it the fact that he tested negative also? Or the 1 in 1000 risk?
Yes, we both tested negative at seven weeks with a rapid. Dr. the woman at the center I called to schedule my appt. for next week told me my results can change in 9 days but then she tells me it doesn't matter if I test at 80 days versus 84.
I know but, its 9 days to go until I get to the 12 weeks.
The 12 week mark will be on a weekend it will be a few days before but, I know that won't matter. It's just the torture I am living in. Like I said before I can't wait to tell you--you were right. I just hope I stay negative.
Ok, doctor I will let you know what happens. Please say a prayer for me.
Good morning. I wanted to tell you I had a 91 day negative. You know I was going to take this to the end. I had to tell you how right you were. Thanks, so much!
Dr. chip last night I woke up in the middle of the night and I was sweaty not drenched . I guess I would have noticied. I was feeling great but, that has really scared me I also still have the throat discomfort on and off I always talked about. Do you think I should be worried?
I did get worried about that. I was doing fine until I woke up in that sweat.
It did. I can't lie . I went and got tested this morning it would have been 100 days or so. Do I need to retest at 6 months. The man at the center told me its outdated but, I can if I want to.
I really don't think I can put another milestone on this. I want to be 100% sure I don't have it. Would I have tested positive if the throat and the sweat was related?
In your opinion do I need to test at 6 months. Is that truly outdated?
I will hopefully not have anymore sweats that really freaked me out. Should I not attribute anything else to hiv not matter what it is. I can't continue living like this. Then the man at the center tells me if I am so concerned why don't I go and donate blood he says they test it very well but, I don't feel like doing that.
Thanks doctor. I just don't know when this fear will leave me? Everything that happens I relate it to that.
I will try. Its just that I thought 12 weeks was enough for testing and that I go on with no fears of hiv no matter what the symptoms I exprienced.
I was doing fine but, I have never woke up in the middle of the night and been sweaty could that be something else? or only if it continues only?
Of course you know I did and that's why I ran and got the test. I am hoping I was just hot I was covered to my neck and my son was sleeping right next to me. I fell right back to sleep after I turned off some lights and felt my body was sweaty and hairline. I just don't want this to creep up on me in the future. I just want to be happy and move on.
I will do my best. I keep getting such mixed info.
You wouldn't suggest 6 month testing to a patient?
Thanks. I hope I always remain negative. This has been killing me and I thought I was at the end of the road.
I guess I will eventually accept that I am fine. This has been so scary Dr. Chip. Them telling me a test at 3 months is 97% when I thought it was a 100% put me back also.
God hear you Dr. I hope I don't need to contact you again.
Can you show me the photos?
Dr. Chip I just got my cbc back the absoulte eosinophils are low at 13 and rdw are 15.8 high. What does an absoulte eosinophils being low mean??? Please help.
Dr. Chip I had a negative blood test . I am getting help. Seeing a new therapist this week. Thanks for everything.
I will. I am going to get help to try and do so. You were right about everything all along. Happy holidays and God Bless!
Same to you
Dr. Chip do you have any idea what could be causing my throat discomfort ? I was looking at my cbc and when I started testing in sept. my absoulte esonophils droped from 24 to 13. It's so hard to get over this when I have this constant throat thing going on.
No, I had the allergist look at it. He said he saw nothing of concern he had me swallow a few times and said I had some mucous and put me on nasonex for a month. It's so hard to get over this when I keep feeling weird things like this. What about the drop in blood work?
It's hard to even explain. Sometimes I get sharp pains back there dry mouth and like a constant awareness. It doesn't hurt to swallow and sometimes I still wake up with the irratation in the back of my throat. I also have a bad taste in my mouth a lot. Dr. I am scared. Is it possible that I could turn up positive later?
Really? You believe it's nothing serious? I don't feel like I have reflux and the whole throat thing started 3 months. I am sorry but, I am trying to put this behind me and it doesn't help that I keep feeling all these aliments. What about the dry mouth I have on and off?
Could it be depression and anxiety? What if it continues? My last test was the test sent to quest at 14 or 15 weeks. Do I need to retest? I just don't know what else to do? I am so hyper aware of everything now. I really hope this therapist can help me. My thyriod medicine got decreased months ago and I never went back. Could it be that? See I am typing this and feeling the sharp pains in the back of my throat. It does hurt to swallow a little. Could I have throat cancer?
You must understand I read a lot in the beginning and there is a lot of info. 3 month and 6 month windows. I have an appointment with a pcp next week and the new therapist. I can't believe I have become this person. I was never this way before. I don't want to retest believe me. I can't go another three months thinking like this.
I will but, what do you really think about the 6 month thing? Is it outdated? Can I really be sure this won't come back to haunt me someday? That's my biggest fear. Do you think therapy alone. I am starting to think I need meds.
I really do need to get better. I want to let go of this fear. I thought I would be better by now. Instead I am questioning everything. You think the throat thing no matter how constant or how bad it gets it has nothing to do with hiv? I test over and over and I will remain negative? My goal is to not test again.
when this whole thing started my esonophils were within range. I have read that they can become low if there is an infection going on. How true is that? I haven't been able to get in to see the doctor yet or wouldn't continue to bother you.
My rdw was high at 15.8 but, those were the only two abnormals.
The allergist told me they are only a concern if they are high. I have just never had an off value on anything except low hemoglobin and high rdw. Now my hemo was 12.7 its just this all just makes me so nervous. he told me steriods would lower it but, I have taken no steriods.
Ok, I will try. Are you sure its not necessary to keep testing. This is killing me.
I really wish I could accept that and move on. I thought 3 months was golden and I would be able to move on. When I first tested in sept. My absolute eos were 24 no they have gone down to 13. Can infection bring them down?
I will try. I am sitting here spending money I don't have going to doctors I wonder if I even really need to go to anyone other than the therapist.
The only reason I wanted to see the pcp was to maybe get an antidepressant or anti anxiety. Dr. chip who is required to test until 6 months?
Really? Please I hope you aren't saying that just to try and help me move on. No offense. Should I worry if the eos continue to be low?
Ok. Can a pcp take care of my thyriod levels and meds?
Dr. Chip the infectious doctor office states you need to re check in 6 months. I will try at least wait patiently and with confidence. I just pray that I will remain negative.
I am sorry. I didn't understand that? Did you mean don't keep testing?
I am hoping the therapist will help me and maybe drawing a cmp and cbc again and seeing no changes will help. I was never this way. In the past I never worried about this. I feel like such a crazy person.
I don't understand why I didn't have it before and now I do. Would my white count be elavated if I truly had a problem?
Ok, I will. Thank you for puting up with me. You are really a big help. I thought I would be able to let this go and 3 months but, any little thing throws me off. The eos, the throat thing; it sets me back. Can my anxiety affect those counts?
Ok, forget the hiv. You don't think those low eos are indicative of any disease? Of course I read they can be. Is that something that can correct itself?
Is a week to soon to recheck them? A month ago they were fine.
Sorry I take that back . They were normal in september. If you think having it chronically low is no problem I will let it go. My test was negative at 14 weeks close to 15 they ran the test when it was 15 weeks.
Ok, I will keep in touch.
One last question if I re test and those lab values remain the same. Should I worry?? I hope this never comes back to haunt me and I want to remain negative.
Thanks, doctor. Couldn't do this without you.
Dr. Chip I just talk to a hemotologist. at quest that told me that all the eos means is that there was a low amount persent in the specimen and that it means nothing . Rdw are just the size of my rbc'c and that also means nothing for diagnostic purposes. She also told me that a 15 week result should be conclusive only reason to re test if is that patient is paranoid. I also called an std hotline that told me that 3 months is conclusive. Sorry, I know this is all the same things you have been telling me but, with my ocd it helps to hear the same info from different sources.
I am still seeing the therapist next week. I hope that helps. I will try my best to move on. I hope with time I will feel better. God forbid I ever draw my blood and my labs are off.
At this point would it matter if the guy was positive or not? Is 3 months conclusive anyway?