Hi, im hoping you can really help me out. Im so confused and i hope you can help me clarify this. Ok so i had an exposure about a year ago and i got tested for all std and came back negative. This was 3 months after possible exposure and the results were negative. I had some symptoms that took me to the er, long story short i was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) a couple of months ago. I was reading about that and i read that hiv and syphilis can mimic ms symptoms, so im scared maybe its either one and not ms, so my questions are
1. I got tested again for hiv 1/2 and RPR again(its been a year since possible exposure) and it was negative, am i indeed negative?
2. Does having ms delay antibodies for hiv and syphilis?
3. Do i need a special test for hiv or syphillis to rule it out?
Basically all i want to know is if i really have ms like they said and not hiv or syphillis. This has really stressed me out. Please help me! Thank you!
I had a few lessions on my brain and none on my spinal cord and i got a spinal tap done and that is what showed positive for ms. Not sure what they look for i forgot but yeah, i hope this helps when replying to me. Oh and rbc and wbc are within normal range.
I'm sorry to hear of your MS diagnosis. I wish you well.
The last thing you need at this point is to worry about other health issues -- and happily, you do not need to do that. You have misunderstood something you have read. There are some symptoms of MS that are similar to those of syphilis or HIV when they involve the nervous system -- but that's no different than saying that fever occurs in both pneumonia and meningitis. The complex of neurological findings that go into a diagnosis of MS would never be confused with syphilis or HIV. Further, the lab tests for syphilis and HIV do not lie: they are always completely reliable when done sufficiently long after the last possible exposure, which is about 6 weeks for both of them.
To your specific questions:
1) These test results are absolutely reliable.
2) There are no medical conditions (except maybe terminal cancer or other immediately life-threatening conditions) that have any effect on HIV or syphilis blood tests. MS absolutely does not.
3) No additional tests of any kind are needed.
Continue to work with your doctor on the MS. Don't worry about syphilis or HIV; you definitely do not have either one.
Thank you! You have helped calm my nerves down. You are right, i should focus on what i do have and not what i think i have. If i had the "symptoms" im sure my results would of been positive by now, especially a year after possible exposure, thanks again, take care.
Copyright 1994-2017MedHelp International.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.