How do I make sure that I don't have AIDS?
Q: I am a 33 years old female living with my fears for more than two years now. I had two-three encounters of unprotected sex. Further, last year when I had a throat infection (pharangitis), the doctor gave me some injection and I think he used the same needle with which he injected his other patients. I underwent ELISA, viral load test, PCR test and p24 test many a times. But, all of them were negative. However, I suffer from a throat infection now and then. I have a white spot on the left side of my tongue that looks exactly like an oral hairy leukoplakia. It goes if I pluck it but comes back even faster. What additional testing can I do to make sure that I don't have AIDS? I am too worried. Please help.
A:Obviously, you are suffering from a condition that can be termed as AIDS Phobia (fear of AIDS). After going through your problems, it is recommended that you undergo a Western Blot test for HIV. If this test is negative and if you have not exposed yourself to high risk sexual behaviour within the preceding 90 days, you can rest assured that you don't have HIV infection. More importantly, it is imperative that you refrain from high risk sexual behaviour. You may not be lucky every time.