Nov 20, 2013
Despite my normal CD4 and CD8 counts and several negative Elisa, I am still concerned about HIV.
Reason of my concern are the VERY bizarre tongue problems I have for almost 17 months now. I am not only talking about the white coated tongue (which covers ALL the surface of the tongue). I am also talking about the irritated tastebuds and tongue soreness I have. Not to mention the foamy saliva ans swollen tongue.
I NEVER had any health concern before in my life before this incident. The amount of doctors I have visited in the last 2 years is larger than those I have seen during all my life. And so far, none of them is able to help with my problems.
I have spoke to two HIV specialists (from different countries), both are the head of their respective NRCs (NRC = National Reference Centrum for HIV). This is what they told me based on my symptoms and testing history:
Dear Mr XXXX
from what you tell me it seems unlikely that you have received an HIV -infection at this past event.
HIV-antibody -tests become usually positive up to 6 weeks after infection and remain positive thereafter. To confirm the data finally you can ev let make an HIV-PCR assay, direct virus detection, highly sensitive. If also this is negative (what is likely) I would exclude that you had been infected with HIV in this past event described.
Considering the tongue problems, you could eventually contact the dermatology in the XXX.
I am not sure whether RT-PCR solve our problem. In the case you do not have HIV-antibodies 1.5 year after the sexual contact it is really a very little chance that you were infected by HIV. It could happen Just in the case you suffer from an other very deep immunodeficiency... Additionally the clinical symptoms you have appear mostly in the stage of AIDS and not at the beginning of HIV infection.
So I would like to propose you to visit the infectology clinic and show there the doctor all your laboratory results and papers. In the case doctor will give you a written recommendation that HIV RT-PCR is an indicaded test for you we will do it. I wish you good luck, nice regards,
What do you guys think?