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distinguishing ARS from NON-ARS
      #100059 - 06/17/04 12:09 PM

i was thinking, how does one know the difference between experiencing ARS and just regular HIV related symptoms (assuming one is positive). is there something about the symptoms experienced during seroconversion that are different than the ones after that initial 2-6 week period after exposure?

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Re: distinguishing ARS from NON-ARS new
      #100067 - 06/17/04 03:50 PM

Usually 2-4 weeks after infectin one will get a flu like symtomps. This is most often accompanied by a fever of at least 101f or higher. In short you know you are sick. Sometimes along with this a rash will appear mostly on your upper trunk. That is classic ars which happens in as much as 90% of initial infections. It is a VIRUS and will act like one. AIDS however [ CD4 count below 200] will present in many different ways. This is manifested primarily by opportunistic infections. Go to Google to find out more about OI'S D.J.

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Re: distinguishing ARS from NON-ARS new
      #100069 - 06/17/04 04:44 PM

What do you mean by upper trunk? Is fever and rash always present or could a week of headaches, diareha, joint/muscle pain, cold, and sore throat be a sign of ars symptoms?

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Re: distinguishing ARS from NON-ARS new
      #100070 - 06/17/04 04:50 PM

upper trunk is your chest area on your torso not on the feet or legs and have you seen the symptoms list ? I will find it and post it.

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Re: distinguishing ARS from NON-ARS new
      #100074 - 06/17/04 06:12 PM

Fever is almost always present. As I said it is a VIRUS. Your body knows this. The symptoms you list are sometimes associated with ars but if you do not have a fever or feel systematically sick I would not be to quick to judge. Get a 4 week test then 6wk to find out your status. You have not mentioned your exposure. D.J.

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Re: distinguishing ARS from NON-ARS new
      #100077 - 06/17/04 06:25 PM

DJ, I just posted it. Am I infected. Please help.

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