Having ARS mean your immune system stronger?
Jul 10, 2007
I seroconverted in May, and had severe ARS, with symptoms lasting thirty days - (Fever, chills, extreme fatigue, severe headache, achiness and rash). One physician said it was actually a "good sign" that I had such a violent response to the virus; it meant I had a really healthy, strong immune system.
Is this true, and have their been any studies tracking morbidity and mortality rates between patients who had a strong ARS response to HIV and people who are infected but had no ARS?
Response from Dr. Young
Thanks for your post.
As far as I know, there's little scientific evidence that the severity (or lack thereof) of symptoms during seroconversion has any correlation to the pace and severity of HIV disease.
In either case (using viral load as a surrogate marker), current antiretroviral therapies are very effective in preventing disease progression and AIDS complications.
Hope this helps. BY
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