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      #11184 - 10/23/00 10:56 AM

why do people have late seroconvertion. Does it depend on the amount of HIV virus entering the body, for example HIV from sex will differ from hiv virus entering the body through a cut in the skin.



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Re: why new
      #11185 - 10/23/00 11:03 AM

Producing enough traceable antibodies depends on our immune system. There are serious medical conditions such as cancer or kidney ailments that slows the system down. Thus those people take a longer time to produce antibodies or in some cases, never produce antibodies at all. == PVS



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Re: why new
      #11189 - 10/23/00 12:21 PM

The answer is the same as when this question was posed 2 months ago.
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Subject Re: these are my symptoms for GARYnpa and freinds
Posted by Anonymous (Unregistered)
Posted on 8/21/00 11:01 AM


Please feel at ease. First, 12 weeks is a conclusive test. PERIOD. Second, CDC recommends 6 months for a variety of reasons. One reason is that they are infectious disease specialists whose goal is to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, such as HIV. People rarely test positive outside 3 months. It is something like less than 0.2%. These individuals usually have been co-contaminated with other diseases that can lead to late seroconversion. But again this is rare. CDC recommends 6 months because it stattistacally provideds more acuracy in capturing the broader range of the population who may have been exposed to HIV. They would rather be 99.9 % accurate versus 98%. Antoher reason they consider 6 months, is because of statistics again. Many people who test positive can't recall their exact last exposure. So a larger time period allows the CDC to again increase the statistaicall certainty of an indivdual's testing. The majority of developed and first world nations agree that 3 months is conclusive, even medical experts in the US.

As for your tongue, the white coating is a natural response to endorphins, adreline, and increase of testosterone in your system. This are natural responses to stressful or deppresive situations. It is part of the body's survival mechanism. In fact, high stressful situations often cause people to develop geographic tongue. It looks like dead tissue. These lesions can arise one day and be gone in the next few. Someitme they seem to move to other areas of the tongue. Many oral manifestations can be seen from stressful situations...coated tongue, fever blisters, chancres sores, and geographic tongue are a few of them.

As for the pain in your eyes. I beleive stress is the culprit again. ARS symtpoms simply do not manifest themselves as tongue problems and pain in your eyes. Usually...no fever and swollen nodes...no problem (The fever must be a spike fever..greater than 101 degrees). Oral problems are not usually seen in HIV infected persons until late in the illnes (more than 6 to 10 years) or HIV patients who are being treated with antiviral medications.

Some people say the illness can occur for up to 12 weeks. But again, this is rare. The disease usually manifests itself as ARS (fever, swollen nodes, rash, etc) within 3 to 6 weeks (and lasts about one week) and will not endure for weeks and months.

In my opinion, you are fine. Move on. Learn your lessons. Be sure to thank your God. And in the future, abstain from sex until your partner is tested. (forgive my spelling...I was in a hurry)










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