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ARS symtoms
      #16636 - 03/15/01 11:05 AM

I had the flu in late January. About 2 weeks ago I had a high risk exposure with a female. I started having flu-like symptoms that lasted 3 days. What is the possibility of having the flu twice in less than 2 months or could this be symptoms of ARS. Please help...going crazy.



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Re: ARS symtoms new
      #16638 - 03/15/01 11:26 AM

Difficult questions to answer. If you feel comfortable, maybe you can share some specific details as to the nature of your exposure (which may shed some light on your risk)... some people define high risk as "fingering", which it is not. And, do you know the person you were with? Can you talk to them? In the end, only testing can give you a clear answer, but my doctor helped greatly when I told him the specifics. Feel free to e-mail me at [removed by editor]



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Re: ARS symtoms new
      #16646 - 03/15/01 08:04 PM

I myself had HIV ARS symtoms after a sexual exposure with a prostitute (protected sex)... 3 weeks after the encounter... I had diarhea, fever... and so on...and it went away 2 to 3 day later... but a mono type symptom appear @ 8 weeks... and it freak me out like crazy... but I never tested positive with all my blood work (7 Elisa and 1 PCR-RNA).. the last Elisa was on the 28.5 weeks...
Recently... a colleate of mine came down with Mono... Beliving that I passed my mono to him... had made me felt plenty of guilty... but it was a relieve... because all the symptom that I experienced are in great chance due to Mono...So... It was a relieve.... but i still insisted on another test next week perhap a Elisa together with PCR will make myself comfortable enough to say... all that sysmptom are due to Mono...
But... In your case noone can tell you what you experince until you take the blood work... and nothing you can do at this point ... let's face it...I will pray for you... hope you are gonna be OK...



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Re: ARS symtoms new
      #16649 - 03/15/01 11:15 PM

You tested negative at 28.5 weeks. That's over 6 months. You aren't infected so how could you have had ARS symptoms?



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Re: ARS symtoms new
      #16661 - 03/16/01 10:13 AM

This is what happened. I had intercourse with this woman and when I pulled out to ejaculate, I noticed that the condom was not on me. It was inside her! I freaked out. She insisted she was okay and asked me if I always practiced safer sex. Two weeks later, I started getting the mild flu-like symptoms. I got scared cause I had the flu earlier this year and I think its rare for someone to get the flu twice in a year. I am thinking its ARS. I just took a p24 antigen assay test. The doctor recommended it. How accurate is that test? Well, I am scared to death.



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Re: ARS symtoms new
      #16662 - 03/16/01 10:49 AM

There's a very good chance that the condom was pulled off when you pulled yourself out of this woman; otherwise you prpbably would have noticed something was amiss. If that was the case, you had a VERY limited exposure, if any. From what you said, you freaked out immediately .... this has been at the front of your mind ever since. The mind can totally create symptoms, as funny as that sounds. The p24 antigen test is often positve during acute infection (which I doubt you're going through). However, if you are totally freaking, and you have the cash, you may want to consider a PCR/DNA test. Quest Diagnostics (their number is a few pages back) offers this test, and they claim it is conclusive after 28 days - MANY doctors and HIV specialists agree with this. So, a negative on this test at 28 days could give you a lot of peace (and then you can confirm it with a 3 month antibody just to put ALL of your fears to rest). Talk to the people at Quest - they are trained professionals. Good luck!



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