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Afraid of high viral load
Feb 15, 1999

Hi. I think i was exposed to HIV in Sep, 98 and since Oct, i have experienced a series of ARS (they come one at a time): muscle & joint pain, dry mouth, fever, chill, severe nite sweat..... u name it. Indeed, i still have pain under arms / muscle pain on and off now, for nearly 4 months. Recently, i also develop redness in my eyes. i am so scared but finally got the courage to go to have blood test days ago. Because of my symptoms, i am pretty sure i am infected. While awaiting the test results, i just couldnt wait to ask: 1) my seroconversion has been lasting for 4 months, is it a indicator of high viral load?? 2) about a month ago, my calve areas get thinner but my waistline just increase, is it a kinda of wasting or that fat redistribution caused by HIV? Well i don expect it happens so soon! Another indicator of high viral load??

Sorry for my lengthy question.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

I think any answers to your questions would be premature until your tests come back. We don't know whether this is HIV related or not. MH



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