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Symptoms and Antibodies
      #180295 - 03/16/06 06:55 PM

Hi There! As you all know, I took the 10wks Oraquick via fingerstick, which came back NEG (thanks God).. Though I will take the 13wks test, I'm expecting the same results. My question is, if the 'symptoms' that had me worried were due to hiv, does this mean that antibodies would have been present, and therefore the 10 wks test would have shown it? The other question is, this weekend while doing the lawn.. when I came back inside, I had a rash in my back, chest and lower abdomen. Could this be something to worry about, or is unrelated to this whole ordeal?? Again, howdy from the LoneStar State!!

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      #180409 - 03/17/06 04:36 AM

I have been told that if you have symptoms and if it were related to HIV you would have the antibodies. I'm talking symptoms other than the typical ARS symptoms. That came from more than one HIV Doc

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      #180435 - 03/17/06 07:21 AM

Hey LoneRanger!
If the symptoms you had in the past were indeed ARS, then yes, antibodies would have been present and your 10 week test would not have been NEG.
The rash you mention after mowing the lawn is not worrisome of HIV. It is probably due to some reaction between the heat, sweat, and grass. I am also going to venture to say that the rash is gone and has not persisted, am I correct?
Hang in there, I also expect your 12/ 13 week test to be NEG!...

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Re: Symptoms and Antibodies new
      #180450 - 03/17/06 02:35 PM


regards from india

Yes, if you experienced symptoms pertaining to HIV your 10 week test wouldn't have been negative. It is unlikely you would test positive from here, unless you expose yourself again.


Take Care

God Bless you

Stay Well

Love Ravi

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      #180463 - 03/17/06 03:00 PM

WOW! It's really encouraging to read you all guys.. Yes Miami, in fact, the rash was gone by the end of the day, the only thing left was something that looked like fire ants bites, which I'm almost sure that's what it was, since I removed a nest of those suckers... Thank you all.. I'm looking forward to my 13wks and move on!!

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