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Hi. I don't know where this should go but I just want to know what can cause some or all of these combined symptoms, Hair thinning, lost of appetite, a few dark toenails but not all of them, 1 fingernail half light pink half light brown with vertical lines no ridges, wart on ball of both feet and lately some lost of taste (I'm thinking due to thin white film on tongue) I was a Severe smoker until recently when I stopped.
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1415174 tn?1453246703
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Well I think the shortness of breath is due to stress. I'm not sure why you got diarrhea. Your other symptoms aren't specific to HIV. I know getting tested for it is scary (sorry its your BD). But I hope they are testing your thyroid (TSH) too because that would explain the hair loss and nail problem. Warts on the feet or hands are caused by HPV not HIV and it is a benign type. Try to calm down and realize you are the one that asked for the test they didn't and you are just ruling it out for your own peace of mind. No one has said you have symptoms therefore you should get tested.  Maybe the diarrhea is nerves or perhaps bad food you got. Take it easy. I'm sure you will be OK . Let me know how it goes. I have been there though. Mine was negative twice. It was due to work exposure in the lab (pretty crazy).
mkh9
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You have as your topic HIV questions. Do you think you have HIV due to these symptoms? I don't think any of these symptoms are related to HIV. Have you been tested or why do you think you may have HIV? Hair thinning can be due to low thyroid or aging or many things. The fingernail that is half light pink and half brown with vertical lines is often seen in those that do dialysis or had a transplant otherwise they don't know why people have these things. Certain medications can cause taste changes, different foods, problems with your stomach the coated tongue and even the smoking may still be part of that which even though you stopped may still be some damage or lingering. The white film on the tongue is most likely bacteria. Use a tongue scraper (that are on the backs of the new tooth brushes) to clean it twice a day. this will help with breath and with the taste in your mouth. I have the same film too. Mine is due to my meds. Hope this helps.
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thank you. I was reading on the internet and it said half and half nails, white tongue, and warts are usually a sign of hiv/aids and it scared me
1415174 tn?1453246703
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White tongue can be bacterial or yeast. But that doesn't mean you have HIV. You can do  a quick test to check for yeast gently scrape your tongue with the tongue scraper on the back of your toothbrush and if it bleeds it could be yeast. Then you could have your dentist check to see if  it is yeast. Still that doesn't mean you have HIV. Having diabetes and other problems could cause yeast. Even taking antibiotics can cause yeast infections.
take care,
mkh9
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Pls i need a help from u guys
1415174 tn?1453246703
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What is wrong?
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now im having shortness and breath and diarrhea. When I went to the local  hospital today I ask them for a hiv/aids test and now I'm really scared to death because I have to go back Saturday for the results and that's my birthday. :-(
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I was being curious today and wanted to see if the results was back and they were. I started crying instantly and thinking the worst. I never told my wife what was going on because of her health problems (SLE lupus) I told her that my results were back and called for preacher (brother) to go with me to get the results. The morale of the story is I went through all this stress and worrying for absolutely nothing. THE TEST WAS NEGATIVE. I burst out in tears of joy. This really made me look at sex totally differently. I said today that I will never have any kind of sex again since just the thought of having HIV scared me half to death! Thank you for all the kindness you have shown and given me through all I went through. It there is anything and I mean ANYTHING I can do to help you in anyway please do HESITATE to email me.
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I'm sooo happy to hear you were negative. But I knew it by your symtoms. But it is good to get it confirmed. I'm glad your wrote back. I'm sorry for all the anxiety and stress you went through. Yes you do have to think twice about sex  because some strains of GC are now Untreatable! really! So, it isn't the same world out there.  I am glad if I was a support to you. I'm sorry your wife has SLE lupus. That is a tough road. I do know some of your stress but it wasn't due to sex. When I worked in the lab I got exposed twice to an HIV patients blood and had to get tested. I thought for sure I would be the one that got it. But I was negative thank God. So, It is time to move on and thanks for the offer. I am on here to help people I have a chronic back injury and tendonitis so I was given the time off work for several years and ended up on here. I am glad to hear it is for a reason.
take care, and I know you will have  good day! Thanks for being so kind.
mkh9
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You are very welcome and I will be praying for your full recovery. I know what back trouble is as I hurt mines in a tractor-trailer accident in 2007 and it has never been the same. I do have just one more question for you if I'm not a bother. Do you think I need to take an aids test or the hiv test would have detect aids? This is my last question and then I can go back to my normal life.
1415174 tn?1453246703
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No  the HIV test enough. It was a screen for HIV antibody right? So you won't get HIV aids (the disease) if you don't have the HIV antigen which you would see on the test by having HIV antibody (to the antigen) if that make sense. Yeah back problems are a bugger. I think I am stuck with mine too. You are never a bother. If there are any other questions or concerns that come up let me know. I'll try to explain what I mean or answer your questions. What was the name of the test you took and how many months after exposure was it? You may want to get your TSH to check for low thyroid if you are fatigued because of the hair loss and the nails. I have both of those problems plus a lot of fatigue and it was low thyroid. So if your TSH goes up (above normal range) then you are hypothyroid. If it is normal well then it is part of the aging process. I became hypothyroid last year so you don't always get it when you are a kid. BTW loss of appetite could be due to stopping smoking. Your appetite goes up with smoking. You may adjust.
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ok thank and I don't see the name of the test but I can tell you what all is on the paper.
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Test: HIV-1 AB W/WBLT  then on line 2 says HIV 1/0/2/ INDX   LINE 3: HIV 1/0/2 AB QL. The results say <1.00 index value: specimen reactivity relative to negative cutoff. None reactive performed at BN- LabCorp Burlington. Reference: <1.00  Site: LC. and this test was done about 10 years after possible exposure
1415174 tn?1453246703
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Looks like they did a western blot which is accurate. 10 years ago. Yeah you are way in the clear.  You would have had much more signs of disease long time ago.
no worries. BTW, belated happy birthday!
mkh9
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Thank you very much. Now I can get some well deserved rest. I know I said this once before but I really appreciate all the help that you have given to me with this and your words of encouragement. If there is absolutely anything I can do to help you please message me. You have a blessed night and my wife and I will continue pray for you and your speedy recovery. May God Bless You for helping others the way that you do on this site.
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You are welcome. I wanted to mention that your email can be seen on the internet. The only secure sites on here on the messages you send on your home page. You may want to go to contact us at the bottom of the page and have them try to remove your email as it might get hacked into. I appreciate the offer. If you want to send me a message just send a friend request and then I"ll accept.
thanks,
mkh9
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