Dear Doctor Sciberras,
Very sorry for bothering you again, but it seems events are not allowing me to put this issue to rest. I am losing sleep over something my Primary Care physician told me last Thurs. I had blood drawn on last week and the test ordered was the RNA PCR test, early detection of antobodies since I thought I was going through ARS. Next day Friday, GF tested neg.....so, now I thought I had advanced HIV or AIDS due to case of Thrush and other symptoms I have gotten over past month. I went in Sat and had FDA approved OralQuick Rapid HIV 1 & 2 test......I told you my reults were negative.....I looked at calendar and it was 22 weeks plus a day or two since my last possible exposure from old GF. And we were not that active last month or two of our relationship.
Everything I read says Thrush is good indicator of HIV or AIDS in adults.
Here are my questions:
1. Have you ever dealt with patients who had symptoms of HIV (Thrush etc) and were HIV negative?
2. If my Thrush was caused by HIV or AIDS wouldn't the test have been positive at 5 months?
3. The lab has had my blood for 3 days now, wouldn't they be able to run the RNA PCR test by now? my Dr's words keep echoing in my head...the longer it takes to get results, the worse it maybe..
4. Finally, would you consider 5 month HIV test being negaitive, a definitive answer that a person is HIV free?
Again, I am sorry for coming back to you, but have lost sleep last few days over these lingering issues.