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Blast from the past: Mr. DUDE
      #18905 - 07/03/01 01:16 AM

Fellas fellas fellas,,,,
It's certainly time to move one. These HIV tests are very sensative. If you are infected with the HIV virus (or any virus for that matter)
the human body produces anti-bodies. The body reacts. THink of it like this. If you splash boiling water on your arm, will your skin
produce a blister? You bet. It may take a day longer than anothre person, but a blister will be produced. The body reacts.
Anti-bodies are the immunes systems way of reacting to the foreign microb. After six months, your young and healthly bodies would
have produced the ani-bodies and these very very sentitive tests react to them. There is no conspiracy, or lie about the window
period. It is, however, posilbe you have another illness. Stop focusing on HIV, that thought is history. Find out what is really wrong
with you. Best wishes, DUDE
One other thing not related to your post, but this scared the devil out of me. I was reading a transcript of an AIDS conference on the
pandemic in Africa. One doctor said something like this: "we are dealing with microbs and they want meat, and they don't care what
color, gender or race that meat is."
Scary, uh!
To: Anonymous person:
No. No. You've got it all wrong. HIV means Human Immunedeficiency Virus
AIDS means Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.
Please excuse my spelling, it's been a long day at work.
Once a person is infected with the virus, the body will recognize it within about 25 days, or it may take up to six months. The
recognition is when the body says "Oh, a new virus is here for us to fight, let's produce an anti-body to fight it." At that point it's
called seroconversion. Seroconversion is the production of anti-bodies. After seroconversion, the virus gets to a set-point, sort of like
a leveling off. No symptoms may show up for years, but quietly the virus has your immune system running high to keep it at bay.
Then your immune system is slowly broken down by the continuous replication process (this is how I understand it in my terms).
Think of as having a cold forever. Your body would just exhaust itself from fighting the cold. Well, after years of being a work horse
keeping HIV at bay, the immune system gets weaker. Then opportunist infections come in like KS, and other cancers. The virus
causes AIDS, but the (OI's) Opportunist Infections are what ultimately take life. Again, this is just my understanding. I'm sure
someone could punch wholes through this, cuz it's not very technical and probably missed some big points. Hope that helps
DUDE
Hi "absolutely petrified"
Someone famous once said life is either one of two things: Either extremely boring or extremely terrifying!
Whether that helps or not I don't know. I do know we will read your posts and respond. We are a motely bunch of
women/men/gay/straight/young/old/stupid and some smart people. We are all facing the same thoughts you are. This one thing
holds us to common ground. Those early days after our risky behavior are rough to say the least! Hang on , hang on, hang on!
Hang in there honey "hope springs eternal!"
DUDE
Hi,
I believe there is only one FDA approved home test. It's the HOMEACCESS test.
Here's the website, you can order one. http://www.homeaccess.com/hiv/athome.html
DUDE



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