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ARS symptoms always appear?
      #102565 - 07/23/04 09:55 PM

If i had a risky exposure on July 5th, would i experience any symptoms by now if i were seroconverting to HIV+. I had an experience with a prostitute (protected) and immediately after i lost my appetite for about a week, i lost about 10lbs. But i believed it was more because of what i had did, than physical conversion to HIV+. Since then, i have had no signs of symptoms. Does that mean i am free from HIV+, or do some peope not get symptoms? I am very scared from my experience because i believe it could have ruined my life.

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4 stages to HIV disease new
      #102566 - 07/23/04 10:53 PM

AMFAR AIDS HANDBOOK (Chapter 4, Page 53 )

There are four stages to HIV disease

1) Acute Infection Stage (500-1200 CD4s)- begins immediately after hiv enters the body and starts multiplying in infected cells. Acute infection ends about 2-6 weeks later. Acute infection produces no noticeable symptoms in about half of the people affected. The others usually experience flu-like symptoms such as low-grade fever, headache, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat, rash, diarrhea, and muscle aches. These symptoms can last 2 weeks to 2 months, but only 20-30% of patients who experience them find it necessary to see a physician. Individuals with severe symptoms during acute infection are more likely are more likely to experience rapid disease progression.

2) Asymptomatic Stage - CD4 Lymphocyte count above 500 - This is the longest stage of HIV disease, lasting an average of 10 years, although in a few people it can be as short as 1 year or as long as 15 years. During this stage, most hiv infected individuals develop few symptoms of HIV disease. It is almost as if the virus has gone underground. This is not however a state of latent infection: in more than 95% of infected people, the virus is rapidly multiplying.

3) Early HIV disease: CD4 200-500 asymptomatic hiv disease gradually changes to early hiv disease during the slow drop in cd4s. the change often becomes apparent with the development of one or more characteristic opportunistic infections (such as candidiasis, herpes simplex disease, shingles, oral hairy leukoplakia. bacterial infections that cause bronchitis, sinusitis, and pneumonia also often increase.

4) Advanced HIV disease (AIDS) CD4 below 200 - Early hiv disease progresses to advance with th e further decline of cd4 cell counts and gradual appearance of serious opportunistic infections and cancers

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Re: ARS symptoms always appear? new
      #103232 - 07/25/04 07:23 PM

Fever 96%
Adenopathy 74%
Pharyngitis 70%
Rash 70%
Myalgias 54%
Diarrhea 32%
Headache 32%
Nausea 27%
Hepatosplenomegaly 14%
Weight loss 13%
Thrush 12%
Neurologic Symptoms 12%

2-4 weeks after infection 50-90% of people will have these symptoms 30% of people will seek Medical Attention

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