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In regrards to your answer
Aug 23, 2001

In a repsonse to a question regarding swollen lymph nodes in the groin, you said that it could many diffeent things. And you also said taht swollen nodes in the groin are very common in the population.

Did this mean that much of the population has groin nodes that APPEAR swollen and/or feel swollen, yet are not and they are completely healthy? Please clarify. Thank you very much.

Response from Dr. Henry

Yes-many healthy persons have some swelling in their groin lymph nodes (that drain from body sites that contain some bacteria such as the anal/rectal area). That swelling can change in size without any clear reasons even in normal persons. Thus groin region lymph node swelling is very non-specific as regards to HIV. KH



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