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prolonged ARS and antibody testing

Sep 6, 2002

Dr.Little I've written to you before without a response but i'm not a quitter so here I go again. 1)I was wondering about the ARS rash is it very specific can it come and go or does it become chronic? 2)Can someone develop nail fungus during ARS and if so with does it look like? 3)If a person had extreme ARS which never went away and became chronic would this result in a false negative six months after exposure? Thank you for all your help!

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By definition the acute retroviral sydrome is transient and all people who have symptoms as a result of HIV infection should test positive within weeks (earlier positive by HIV RNA). You should get an HIV antibody test if you are worried.

More infectious than blood?
should you get a second opion on meds

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