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Symptoms during Seroconversion
Feb 7, 2000

I and the fellow who wrote to you about "Swollen and Painful Lymph Nodes", well, I tested again and my Elisa was negative again but the viral load came in at 60,000 copies. I am having pretty bad symptoms including headache, malaise, fatigue, very enlarged nodes, spleen pain, and burning hands and feet, particularly at night. I am practically bed-ridden with fatigue. t=cells at 600. Should I start medication and, if so, what would you recommend?? Will it improve my symptoms??

Response from Dr. Henry

If you are seroconverting with symptoms I would recommend immediately to start therapy. That is likely to improve your symptoms and possibly lower what is termed your viral set-point after things settle down. Persons who are highly symptomatic during seroconversion often are at higher risk to progress clinically so my recommendation to treat is a firm one. Connect with a good HIV doc and get started! KH

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