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Lymph Nodes
      #19471 - 07/19/01 03:22 AM

OK weird question,and just a show of my stupidity about the human body, but where are these lymph nodes that swell after the initial infection.....and what do they look like....and feel like if they are infact swollen, due to the HIV....sorry for the ignorance, but I can't buy a straight answer. Thank you



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Re: Lymph Nodes new
      #19481 - 07/19/01 09:04 AM

I couldn't buy a straight answer either. I don't remember the article, but it's by Rick Sowadsky in The Body's Ask The Experts Safe Sex forum. It's several years old, but you can find it by scrolling through the answers. Does a good job of telling you where the are, and from keeping you away from poking the wrong places.



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      #19517 - 07/19/01 07:46 PM

Hi there,

Just to give you a general idea...lymph nodes are located in the neck, groin, and armpit area. If you remember ever seeing someone who had mumps, or mono, and that person's neck was very swollen, that was due to inflamed lymph nodes. Any or all of the lymph nodes can swell when you are sick, because it means your body is producing antibodies and white blood cells to fight off infection. Swollen lymph nodes are not limited solely to HIV infection, so you cannot assume you are HIV+ simply because you find a swollen node. Usually if your lymph nodes are swollen, they are painful and tender to the touch.

Take Oops' advice and check out the forum. Hope this helps! :)

Copper



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