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Symptoms of HIV
      #1029 - 03/31/00 04:02 AM

symptoms of HIV??

Okay, I was tested at 8 weeks and it came back negative. Right
now I'm waiting to be tested again at 12 weeks. I've been
reading, reading, reading all that I can about this disease, and
it seems that maybe I'll be okay. But, I have swollen lymph
glands in my throat. I know that this can sometimes be a symptom
of HIV. Other than that, I'm not sick at all. I'm not fatigued,
not headachy, my throat is fine, etc. I guess that's why I'm sort
of worried that my lymph glands would be swollen-- why? I'm
interested in anyone's experiences with "symptoms" of HIV,
whether it's personal experience or something that's been learned
from another source.... I am well aware that swollen lymph glands
are not necessarily an indicator of HIV, but I'm just scared.

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Re: Symptoms of HIV new
      #1030 - 03/31/00 04:02 AM

I am sorry that you are so scared - but you sound as if you are
handling it in the right way. My own story probably won't be of
much use to you as I tested positive when I was already quite ill
so had plenty of symtoms that you almost certainly wouldn't have.
But my (negative) partner has twice had every swollen lymph node
sudden and loss of weight going, plus night sweats whilst waiting
for his test results and they have, both times (12 years apart)
come back negative. We put the symptoms down to nervousness and
psycho-somatic stuff. So mild symptoms don't necessarily mean bad
news. Good luck - I'll be thinking of you.

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Re: Symptoms of HIV new
      #1032 - 03/31/00 04:03 AM

It's really useless and a terrible waste of your psychic energy
to sit around speculating and worrying about symptoms you may or
may not be having. Your glands could be swelling due to Spring
allergies. The real way to find out if you are infected is to get
tested. Then get tested 6 months later and then a year after
that. And obviously, don't engage in any high risk behavior
during this time or you will have to start all over again.
Worrying about it won't make it true or untrue. It is not typical
to have a glaring infection show up right away. It usually
doesn't happen like that. Usually, you are infected, and then 8
to 10 years later you start getting sick. That is what happened
to me. I started getting majorly sick and, not having engaged in
any high risk behavior, I wasn't tested until my immune system
was practically gone. There you go....but good luck to you
anyway, I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. I hope your tests
are negative.

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Re: Symptoms of HIV new
      #1033 - 03/31/00 04:03 AM

....please tell me
do you remember after the day of infection any symptoms at all?
like inflamed glands, gas on your stomack or a rash on the skin?
please answer me these questions?
thanks and good luck

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