|No one will help me...
Dec 24, 2008
I'm new to this site, and I had a question about ARS, but every doctor I ask say there are no real symtoms, yet I need to hear it from a doctor and not just read symtoms online. For 3 days I have had runny/stuffy nose, congestion,tickling throat/cough, sinus headache and ear ache, and for the first day I had watery stool(only 1 day) and not all day, just in the morning. All other symptoms lasted about 3-4 days and are now gone. Are these typical of ARS? Just a simple answer would be apreciated. I just need reassurance and no one will help. I already sent a donation hoping that my good deed will come back to me in a form of a response. Please help me. I apprecaite all your help and admmire your story. I wish you nothing but the best!
| Response from Dr. Frascino
Never fear; I'm here! (to help).
The confusion and mixed messages you may have received from the doctors you asked about ARS stems from the fact there are many symptoms that can be associated with HIV acute retroviral syndrome (ARS), but none of them is diagnostic of the condition. In other words, the identical symptoms can be associated with illnesses other than HIV. For instance, the common flu has many symptoms that are identical to ARS symptoms. Your particular symptoms are not worrisome for HIV ARS. (See below.)
Thank you for the tax-deductible donation to the Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation (www.concertedeffort.org). It's very much appreciated.
Be well. Happy Holidays.
ARS Symptoms Nov 26, 2008
Dear Doc Bob,
My sincerest congratulations on your recent marriage. May your union be blessed & filled with happiness for many many years!
I can't help but look up to your noble efforts in advising perhaps tons of people. I've read through most of your advises & have learned a lot from you. Going straight to my query, you've advised a lot of worried folks that their symptoms are "not worrisome of acute retroviral syndrome (ARS)." I'd like to shoot the question: what exactly are symptoms which you will advise as "worrisome" of ARS? In case there are any historical posts answering this query, would you be kind enough to guide me & perhaps others who might have the same question in mind?
Many thanks & God bless us all!
Response from Dr. Frascino
Thanks for the congratulations and good wishes.
Regarding ARS symptoms, see below.
What exactly are the symptoms of ARS? Nov 15, 2005
Hi there. I've been reading through many of the postings in this forum. Most of the people who write-in are labeled "worried wells" and you tell them that their symptoms are not consistent with the true symptoms of ARS.
I was wondering if you could share with us what you believe the true symptoms of ARS to be. I've found lots of websites describing them, but I want to hear it from a reputable and definitive source such as yourself.
Thanks a lot.
Response from Dr. Frascino
Sure, just check the archives. I've discussed this many times before. I'll repost below just one of the questions that addresses the signs and symptoms associated with primary HIV infection.
Stay well. Be informed, not worried, O.K.?
Me again! Aug 14, 2005
You responded to my initial question a few weeks back - thank you so much. You also responded to my partner who was recently diagnosed positive - that was so helpful. Incidentally, I think it was the first time he used a computer in his life - so you achieved more than I have with him there!
Anyway, sorry to bother you again - its now 8 / 9 weeks since my last exposure - I think I am imagining swollen glands all the time! Could you kindly answer two small questions. Firstly, how long after infection do people normally get ARS and symptoms? Secondly, what symmptoms are characteristic?
Thankyou for helping. My partner is being really strong - andw e will get through this together, I love that american term worry well - yes I am a british one of those, sorry!! xx
Response from Dr. Frascino
Chances are you are indeed "imagining" swollen glands all the time. Regarding ARS, symptoms generally appear 1-3 weeks of contracting the virus. Sometimes symptoms may not appear until 4-6 weeks. It is called a syndrome (Acute Retroviral Syndrome), because it is a collection of symptoms that can be extremely variable form person to person. In fact, symptoms alone are notoriously unreliable in predicting HIV infection. It is estimated that 40-90% of acutely infected folks will have some ARS symptoms. But to specifically answer your question, the following is a list of symptoms associated with ARS and the percentage of time the symptoms are present:
Nausea or vomiting 27%
Neurologic symptoms 12%
The duration of symptoms is generally 1-3 weeks.
Regarding your lover's use of the computer, now that he's discovered the wonders of Internet look out!!!! He just may get so hooked that the only way you'll be able to converse with him is via IM-ing!
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