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nickywick
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ARS or something different?
      #250180 - 04/28/10 07:26 PM

Dr. Bob,
( or anyone who is versed in this stuff. Looking for a professional opinion please:)

The past month and a half has been very strange and I wanted to get some good opinions on here. I know ARS symptoms are unreliable and testing is the only way to know, but I am still within the 3 month definitive window and would like to share my symptoms with you all and see if anyone thinks this is ARS.

I am a 27yr old straight white male, with no past experience of drug use or receptive sex.

On FEB 20, 2009 I had brief unprotected vaginal intercourse. (2-3 mins) with a female of unknown status. She was not a sex worker, but a 22yr old white/female student at a University in Indiana.

Roughly 20-21 days after the encounter, I came down with a sore throat on one side (unilateral) and later that night a fever.
Woke up the next morning and had broken the fever with a night sweat. Called my doctor and he prescribed me Zithromax for my throat thinking it might be strep or bacteria. I took the antibiotics and over the next few days the sore throat seemed to get better. After 4-5 days it didnt hurt to swallow or eat anymore but the pain had moved to my larynx area. (still unilateral this whole time). The sore throat never moved to the other side. Also on the same side I had swollen nodes and my ear started to hurt and i developed a hoarse voice and a mild dry cough and had a day or two of diahrrea and white coated tongue (dry mouth).

Over the next few weeks the throat pain would come and go and move around on the ONE side only, and I had a few low grade fevers come and go as well without taking medicine for them. My tonsils do not look swollen and I have not had any mouth ulcers or open sores.

During this whole ordeal, I stopped eating for almost 2 weeks and could barely move around due to anxiety and fear. I lost weight, all energy and was sweating on my head and neck during sleep at night. (which i never have before). Are these night sweats without fever? or anxiety?

It has been 6 weeks since symptoms began and I still have some swelling on my one side of the throat and some fullness and pain in my ear. This week I woke up and noticed 10-20 red bumps on my chest and stomach that don't itch but some are a little painful. Is this a rash or pimples? Also would ARS Rash show up this late after the other symptoms had cleared?

After almost 7 weeks since symptoms began, I still have a weird ache on one side of my throat, adenopathy on one side under my jaw, red bumps on my stomach and chest. No fever.

Would this suggest ARS? I am terrified but realize my exposure was not "high risk" but I am still freaked out from these come and go, oddball symptoms.

Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.

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Johhnn
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Re: ARS or something different? new
      #250192 - 04/30/10 12:11 PM

Your symptoms will not (at least extremely unlikely) be ARS due to the following:
fever is in 98% of ARS a 'red line' during the seroconversion activity of the immune-system, if ARS occurs. Your short period of fever and later on, your low fewer, is not in line with ARS fever.
Respiratoir symptoms are NOT a sign of hiv in the primo episode of the infection.
Your 'rash' (your bumbs) is NOT in line with a maculo papulair rash on the chest.
Your other symptoms, including swollen lymphnodes, have a link to an infection you have or had in your troath. Again: this is not hiv.
Last but not least: your (persisting) anxiety will be certainly a trigger some of your symptoms and will be for others.
Your symptoms will be no hiv-related. This is not the same as 'not having hiv' because you have a certain (but minimal) risk for hiv, an EIA/ Elisa can give you the final conclusion 12 weeks after the sex.
Feel better.
By the way: if you do (also) a hiv-test now, and it comes back neg. it will show you rockhard your symptoms are not related with hiv and it makes it likely that you have no hiv-infection at all :-)




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nickywick
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Re: ARS or something different? new
      #250196 - 05/01/10 02:18 AM

What do you mean by "red line" ? Does thrush look like a coated white tongue sometimes? 5 days after my initial fever, my tongue was bright white for 2 days and a few papillae bled after I tried to brush the coating off, and the tip hurt like it was burned for 5 days after that. (mouth was very very dry)

Now, 7 weeks later my tongue still feels weird on the right side and has a tingling and numbness to it. Is this likely of Thrush? I never saw patches or lesions. Could the Zithromax I took cause this reaction 5 days after I took it?

Lastly, do you have to have a fever to have night sweats in ARS? I went to bed several times over the past 7 weeks with no fever, but feeling totally run down, and would wake up with my head and neck sweating pretty strong. But the rest of my body was not doing so. Does this sound like ARS or a bacterial infection in my throat that is causing all of this?

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Johhnn
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Re: ARS or something different? new
      #250199 - 05/01/10 06:56 PM

Red line: however ARS can manifests its self in many symptoms, there is in almost all cases a persistent fever present (unless one takes painkillers.)
Your description of your fevers does not match with ARS fever.
Also, antibiotica like Zithromax can cause a dip in the immune system and can cause trush symptomes.
All your symptoms, including sweating of your head in the nights, is not worrysome for hiv-ARS.
Relax! This is the clue: your longlasting fears/ fixation and stress (about hiv) IS a trigger making you feel more discomfortable with a range of symptoms, started with a throatinfection which is not associated with ARS.
You do not have hiv-ARS for sure! Chance of having hiv is very small, Very very likely you do not have hiv. Go for a hiv-test to believe for sure you do not have hiv!
Grtz, John.

Edited by Johhnn (05/01/10 07:01 PM)

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nickywick
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Re: ARS or something different? new
      #250275 - 05/11/10 04:51 PM

John thanks for the replies.
Last questions: I have read on here that Unilateral (one sided) sore throat would not be HIV ARS. I read HIV would be generalized and would affect the whole throat like mono.
Same with my lymphnodes. I only have one swollen lymphnode is my throat. Is this true?

I still have a sore throat on one side and the same node is imflamed.

I felt like I had mono for a month (no appetite, low fever, tired all the time) but my nodes never swelled up and my throat never hurt on both sides.

Just wondering if this is at all familiar?



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