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How long and how severe can seroconversion be?
      #187527 - 04/22/06 03:54 PM


I wonder if anyone can help me. I had possible exposure to HIV in early March, in fact I contracted Gonarhea and it was this that got me concerned. After I had the Gonerhea treated (with antiobiotics) I felt fine for about 3 or 4 days....but then symptoms of fever, malaise, rash, general fatigue, weakness and now tingling pins and needles in hands and feet with some pain, a very painful chest when i breath (feels like deep inflamation in lungs)...these symptoms have persisted and changed gradually over time (no long got a rash no fever for a few nights) Lymph nodes remain aching in neck all the time though, the symptoms in fact have been extensive more than I can mention.

But having return to the clinic, the physician has told me it is pointless checking for HIV syphillis until week12 (June6) and suggested I jus go to GP to see if they will test for other possible causes of my symptoms.

The thing is I have read treatment given in very early serconversion can seriously reduce the risk of HIV progression, and yet knowone will assist me! Im also concerned that the severity of some of my symptoms suggest in fact Im gona just suffer permanent acute HIV infection (if indeed it is HIV that is causing these probelms, I cannot think what else it could be.)

Does anyone out there have expeirnces of seroconversion that is borderline sever illness (Im even concerned Im develping PCP! And if this proves to eb the case thats going from HIV to AIDS type ilnnes in 6 weeks flat! Can this happen?

Comments, thoughts would be welcome, at my GP Monday.


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      #187529 - 04/22/06 04:24 PM

What kind of exposure did u have? Did U use a condom? Have U tested? If so how far after the exposure?

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Re: How long and how severe can seroconversion be? new
      #187545 - 04/22/06 06:06 PM

Can this happen? No, it can not happen that fast.

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Re: How long and how severe can seroconversion be? new
      #187586 - 04/23/06 02:15 AM

The accepted window period in the US is 13 weeks. If you are in the UK than it is 12 weeks.

If you cannot wait until 13 weeks, a test at 6 weeks in highly indicative of what your 13 week test will be. The vast majority will test postive at 6 weeks, the average being 22 days.

You need to understand that not all patients with HIV under go treatment. Some individuals can go for years even decades without ever taking any medication. Whether someone needs meds or not will be decided by there ID specialist and how there body is responding to the virus.

ARS and seroconversion are not the same thing. Seroconversion is a term used to describe when your body produces antibodies to the virus. ARS is a term used to describe the symptoms that may occur as a result of infection.

Your symptoms are found in many other non serious illnesses and are not at all specific to HIV infection. It's been six weeks since your exposure. Have a test done now. Any negative tests need to be confirmed by another test at 13 weeks.

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Re: How long and how severe can seroconversion be? new
      #187700 - 04/24/06 08:21 AM


Firstly let me thank you for replying, and Gmanbill I think anyone fearing they have risk of HIV needs to hear from somone who has been positive for as long time as you have,
the hardest part of facing a test is the concept that this thing might kill you quickly. Theres so much out of date information on the internet, google should be forced to keep info up to date, ive read horror stories only to find they are 15 years out of date! I hope people are living longer and healthier lives with HIV??? But Im still confused about this, and its likely to make it difficult to ahve the test after this episode.

In answer to anonymous'question. I have been an utter fool, just had a long holiday in Thailand, it was 6 weeks of drunken stupidity in which I indulged in unprotected vaginal sex 3 or 4 times with bar girls. This was inspite of having been Thailand many times before and never having behaved this way, I was with friends who I guess somehow influenced my behaviour. Not thier fault of course, but having spent months in Thailand previously and steering well clear of this scene, cannot find a reasonable explanation for my conduct except pier pressure.

The exposure in which I caught gonerhea was bizarre. I had a condom on, becuase I thought this girl was risky. I was sober, it was the morning. But halfway thru the act I got really pissed off with the lack of feeling in the condom, and took it off for the last maybe 2 minutes. I know this was the girl I got the clap from becuase afterwards I looked at the condom, and on the outside was a sort of rough/dried powder, she wasnt clean. the itch came within 12 hours of being with her, and I knew what was coming. I thought I could deal with the anxiety, but its very difficult once symptoms appear like im experincing now, although I guess it could be anything, the fact there is even the slightessed possibility is frightening.

Im off to the doctor this morning gonna ask for a mono test, since I know I never had it as a kid, if thats negative, then I guess I am just down to a few infectious STDS, and ill have to find the courage to go back to the GUM clinic, for HSV/HIV/and hep tests......not looking forward to this

For you HIV+ guys replying......sorry for being such a fool,
and thank you for replying.

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