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Recently Diagnosed with HIV - waiting on Western Blot confirmation

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 14, 2008
  • 09:03 AM

Hi,

I was recently diagnosed as HIV positive. The doctors have already taken more blood to check viral load and have also done the Western blot - I am waiting for results of both. I am trying not to panic and doing as much reading as I possibly can while I'm waiting for the other blood test results. I would prefer to hear from a doctor if possible as there is so much confusing information out there. The blood tests already done have results as below:

*Hematology*

Haemoglobin is: 11.5 g/dL **
Haematocrite is: 35% **
RBC is: 3.79 ml/uL **
WBC is: 3700 /uL **
ESR is: 25 mm/hour **
MCV is: 92 fL
MCH is: 30 pg
MCHC is: 33 g/dL
Thrombocyte is: 187.000 /uL
Basophils is: 0%
Eosinofils is: 3%
PMN/Neutrophils is: 60%
Limphocytes is: 30%
Monocytes is: 7%


Clinical Chemistry

SGOT/AST is: 68 U/L **
SGPT/ALT is: 78 U/L **
Gamma - GT is: 18 U/L


Chromatography came back as reactive.
MEIA came back with a reactive index of 17.80.
ELFA came back with a reactive index of 14.95.

I have also been tested for hepatitis A, B and C which all came back as Non-Reactive.

I've had diarrhea since the beginning of October after eating salmon at a restaurant. Had absolutely no stomach problems before this. Was diagnosed first with e.coli and then typhoid and they also believed I had picked up some parasite but couldn't isolate it (I'm not in my own country/tropical location so this is very easy to pick up here). Even though I picked up these nasty bugs, I have had absolutely no fever but I have lost quite a bit of weight because of the persistent diarrhea. I was also under a great deal of stress at work for several months before this, which always makes me lose weight. While on antibiotics (Cirpofloxacin/Flagyl/Tarvid), the diarrhea slowed down. Once finished the antibiotics, it came back. My appetite has increased, not decreased. I eat more now than I ever did. I'm confused and freaked out, but that's probably due to this initial diagnosis. I'm now waiting for the viral load tests to come back and the Western blot. I have contacted my old doctor in Canada and he is telling me to get retested before going on any HIV treatment.

What are the chances, given the blood test results above, that I am not HIV positive? Is there another possible explanation for what has been happening to me?? I would appreciate any logical input or suggestions. Thanks very much.

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