Welcome to the forum and thanks for your question. I'll try to ease your concerns.
As you speculated on the community forum, you have been overtested. The HIV blood tests are among the most accurate diagnostic tests ever developed, for any medical condition, and the results overrule all other potential factors, including exposure history and symptoms. Even if your exposures were very high risk (they were not, as best I could tell on quick scan of your older threads) and typical symptoms for a new HIV infection (yours are not at all typical), your test results prove you do not have HIV. The same is true for syphilis; those test results also are definitive.
Those comments address question 1. As for whether "my guilt and shame cause me to worry about this", it's pretty obvious that's exactly what is happening -- and whenever someone suggests his or her problem has a psychological origin, usually s/he is exactly right. Further, the symptoms you describe are typical for the physical manifestations of anxiety, stress, depression, etc. I'm not at all surprised that they haven't improved with vitamins.
If your symptoms continue, my strong advice is that you return to your physician and give him the full story -- your sexual exposure, your anxieties about it, and your multiple tests. That's what family doctors are for! You can be sure he will be neither shocked nor surprised and will manage your concerns with tact, sensitivity, and confidentiality. I'll bet you'll find his opinion is the same as mine. (You could even print out this thread and take it with you as a framework for discussion.)
In the meantime, do your best to stop worrying about HIV, syphilis, or any other infections from the sexual choices you so obviously regret.
Best wishes-- HHH, MD
Thank you very much for your detailed reply... Instantly made me feel a bit better about it all and I'm going to do my best to put this behind me. I will certainly talk to my Dr. if I have any other negative thoughts about the whole ordeal and my anxiety doesn't subside.
Thanks again and appreciate all you do.
I'm glad to have helped. Take care.
Dr. I hope you will allow me one follow up question. Last year after my exposures I developed a sore on my middle finger which almost looked like a pimple under the skin. I stumbled across a picture on images when I googled your name and saw a picture that looked very similar to what my finger looked like. After more research the picture was of DGI.
My question is whith all my full panel testing whold the basic urine gonorrhea test have picked that up? I had like 3 or 4 full panel tests.
Thanks again for all you do.
DGI doesn't behave at all like this. There are innumerable skin conditions that could cause a lesion similar to those caused by DGI. And yes, your panels would have detected gonorrhea if you had it.
You can be 100% certain you have no medical consequences of those events. Your continuing obsession about it is quite irrational in view of the overwhelming scientific evidence (4 lab test panels, for goodness' sake!!!) and the repeated, reasoned reassurance you have had. It is time for professional counseling -- which I suggest out of compassion, not criticism.
Thank you and I agree with you!! I was just SHOCKED when I saw the photo that basically looked like my finger. I wasn't sure if DGI is a different strand or something and wouldn't be picked up by the standard Gonorrhea urine test (Neisseria gonorrhoea) administered by Labcorp. Sounds like DGI is an advanced stage or something.
Thank you again for your service on this site. Your comments are very reassuring.