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Married to West African
      #160792 - 09/28/05 10:42 PM

And have only dated African men for the past 10 years or more. I see very little about the risks from dating African men in the states on any website. What is this about HIV-2? What are the symptoms of that? Are they the same as for HIV-1? And, aren't Africans tested for HIV before they come to this country?

I have 2 beautiful children and now I am scared to death. Since marrying my African husband 3 years ago I have had a stomach virus that sent me to the hospital twice. Have had rashes, herpes outbreaks with swollen lymph nodes, chest pains, bumps on my scalp ( white, non-itchy), athlete's foot, ringworm, etc.

My husband says he was tested 3 times before he could come here. But, my last boyfriend; I don't know his status. He came over here in 1999. Weren't they testing at this time?

I know the answer to my questions and concerns lies in me getting tested. I am absolutely scared to death.

I have been to the docs and had tests for all the other STD's and was negative for everything (except Herpes which I have had for 20 years).

I will be really pissed if the US does not test foreigners before coming here or at least give warnings if they don't test that we should be careful.


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Re: Married to West African new
      #160803 - 09/29/05 07:43 AM

Hello,
Hiv-1 and Hiv-2 are very similar but hiv-2 seems to be more mild as far as symptoms and its progression
You say your husband of three 3 was tested 3 times
so im figuring u were married in 2002?
so both of u took a hiv test before getting married correct?
How long before marrying your husband were u with this other man? also what are the age's of your kids?
almost all the time pregnant women take a hiv test during pregnancy
symptoms to hiv mean nothing trust me
It is very important u test for hiv-1 and hiv-2 since you've been with men from west africa where hiv-2 is present, also Hiv group O and N wouldn't be bad to test for since these rare strains are present in west africa also
Hiv-1 test most of the time(%70) pick up Hiv-2 so if u've had testing before marriage and during pregnancy your most likely
alright but should still be tested one more time to make sure

Good Luck

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Re: Married to West African new
      #160806 - 09/29/05 08:09 AM

I don't want to add fuel to the fire, but be careful who you are "pissed off" at. Risky behavior is your responsibility and you have to hold yourself somewhat accountable. Get tested and go from there. Symptoms tell you nothing. Good luck.


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Re: Married to West African new
      #160807 - 09/29/05 08:11 AM

I have not been tested since the early 1990's. I guess it is about time. The only kid affected would be my husband's son. I was not tested when I was pregnant. I refused the test. Also, my son was never tested either.

When you say HIV-2 gives milder symptoms. What are they?

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Re: Married to West African new
      #160810 - 09/29/05 10:09 AM

The symptoms are the same as hiv-1 but just more mild its not as aggressive as hiv 1
It would of been a wise idea to test while pregnent with your child to prevent transmission to him if you were infected but thats your choice ofcourse
You weren't tested before marrage either?

Symptoms dont mean anything when diagnosing hiv....even a hiv specialist would only be right no more then 25% correct when trying to diagnose with just symptoms alone
because the symptoms are so broad and similar to almost any illness

The truth is u cant know with out being tested

Really i dont think you have hiv because for one
usually these types of symptoms would happen shortly after being infected,after Ars illness you can go 10 years with out showing sign's of hiv thats why so many people dont know there even infected
your symptoms could be as simple as food poisining witch could cause all these symptoms or it can be something else more serious
never the less u need to go get tested for your sake and for your son
Hiv is very dangerous with out med's, With them people live long lives and may die only of old age
seriously you need to test its your only option
do you really want to sit there and worry if you have hiv or not? think about your son's health too
Don't stall on testing i urge u to go test asap
and dont worry about your symptoms if you read threw thebody's and aidsmeds threads you'll see so many people freaked out with all these symptoms that you describe and
finally go get tested and are negative

Please think about your health and your family's
this is the only way worring about being infected is not going to help your mental or body health
Goto your doctors office, a Clinic , or find a local testing service here www.Hivtest.org and get tested today
and Dont forget to write back

Good luck even though i don't think you really need any

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Re: Married to West African new
      #160821 - 09/29/05 01:32 PM

Thanks for helping to ease my mind. I will get the test done, probably the home test, and have my son tested as well. It helps to know that there is life after a diagnosis of HIV. This website is very good.

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Re: Married to West African new
      #160827 - 09/29/05 02:27 PM

I dont know how old your son is, but it is most likely that you would more likely just need to test yourself. (I too am sure you are fine). but your son, if he is a couple years old, would most likely be chronically sick all the time. this would be an indicator that there may be something compromised in his immune system.
IF (and thats a big IF) you were to test positive, I think that would be your only reason to have your son tested. I'm sure you are all fine though. (and yes, from what I know, if he came here in 2002...i believe he would need to be tested for hiv both 1&2 also).

i wish you all the best.

love and prayers,
debbie

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Re: Married to West African new
      #160829 - 09/29/05 02:36 PM


Thank you Debtex. I am concerned more about my previous bf who came in 1999 or 1998. He seems a bit promiscuous. I am so glad that everyone thinks I have nothing to worry about. My doc did tell me that he thinks I might be anemic because I have been having chest pains and stuff. Then, of course, I read that anemia is related to HIV infection and I freak out again. I am having some tests done to determine what might be causing the chest pains and stuff.

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Re: Married to West African new
      #160830 - 09/29/05 02:46 PM

Well, I do wish you all the best. Perhaps you do just have LOW IRON. Has this ever been an issue before for you? Keep in mind for comfort, that in 20 yrs, there has only been about 75 cases of hiv 2 found here in the US. our of the hundreds of thousands of people diagnosed with hiv 1.

please keep us posted on how you are?

love and prayers,
debbie

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Re: Married to West African new
      #160849 - 09/29/05 08:17 PM

The problem isn't what is a symptom of Hiv
The problem is what isn't a symptoms of Hiv
Make up a symptom that u dont have and search the internet for causes of it, 9 out of 10 symptoms u make up will be linked to hiv or a O.I of Hiv
seriously even a specialist cant diagnose your symptoms alone
neither you or your doctor which is probably just a GP
and has very little knowledge of hiv can correctly link anything to hiv
Only way is to test
A home test is better then nothing but your going to want to make sure u cover both Hiv-1 and hiv-2 and O and N wouldn't be a bad idea considering where your partner came from but Hiv 1 and 2 need to be tested
There are test's that detect both...i suggest going to your doctor and having him draw blood for it
or if you dont want to go through your doctor
Do it the way i have by calling a testing service and booking the test...they will send u to a local Labcorp or Quest lab and have you draw blood there....It take 5 minutes and The people at the lab dont ask u any questions at all, u just give blood and walk out,the next day at about Noon u call the testing service you ordered the test from and get your results over the phone and its totaly
anonymous

Dont worry about testing your son because if your alright then he's alright too...Remember If you dont want to do this for you atleast do it for him

Good luck and let us know how thing work out
We'll be here if u have any other questions

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