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Drinking and ARS
      #169047 - 01/07/06 12:11 PM

Would severe drinking during the window cause ARS to slow down or come sooner?

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Re: Drinking and ARS new
      #169070 - 01/07/06 05:33 PM

excessive drinking suppresses alot of things, and also makes the brain blind to reality, so if ya have severe alcoholism ya probably wouldnt notice ARS anyways.Relying on symptons to tell you if you have hiv/aids is the wrong thing to do. Some dont even have symptoms, some have them and dont realize thats what they actually, others think they have them and dont....your best bet is if you think you might have contacted this disease is to get TESTED...God Bless

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Re: Drinking and ARS new
      #169072 - 01/07/06 06:23 PM

I would think heavy drinking would slow down the ARS occurance and make it appear later. Although, with heavy drinking, there is a lowered immune system to fight the virus, so it would appear earlier. Just trying to think it through.

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Re: Drinking and ARS new
      #169165 - 01/08/06 10:54 PM

The answer is NO.

The only reasons I have ever seen given for a slow down of the bodies production of antibodies are: long-term intravenous drug use, cancer treatment and organ transplant. These all potentially involve a MASSIVE compromise of the body's immune function.

Remember that the vast majority of people who are going to test positive will do so within 6 weeks (the average is somewhere between 21-25 days, which means that half the people must have tested positive before that). The reason that there is a 13 week limit is to catch the few people who test positive after this . If excessive drinking caused people to fall outside this very conservative limit of 13 weeks, then you would see the time-line extended by the CDC, WHO etc. (because, frankly speaking, excessive drinking is very far from rare).

So the conclusion is simple and clear....if you get a negative test at 13 weeks or later, you can definately rely upon it as being final and conclusive. Even if Mr Jack Daniels is your very best friend.

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Re: Drinking and ARS new
      #169377 - 01/10/06 02:02 PM

I think this question was asked to Dr.Holidny once, i believe if I remember correctly that he said excessive drinking would very unlikely have any affect on seroconversion.

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