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G-Man answer pleae sir
      #42020 - 10/17/02 05:56 PM

G-Man I know that people sometimes worry extensively about a cold after sex that they think might be HIV thus becoming worried wells. I n my case I did have alot of REAL syptoms pertaining to HIV. A MAJOT apothous ulcer in my cheek about 2 inches in length the day after sex, then a Eryth. macopacular rash on my forehead extending to my hairline on week one with folliculitis on my face, Week 2 major febrile illness with bowel changes, stiff neck, sore throat, severe dry mouth, roof of mouth sore, white bacteria on back of tongue, the fatigue and muscle weakness lasted for about 2 months. Rash reappeared at week5 on forehead. I had to be hospitalized for dehydration with spots on hand looking like burn marks, right hand tingling on last finger for a month then coming back later again. Folliculitis on back, neck, shoulders, neck and chest. G-Man, had a positive Western BLot with p24, gp120, gp41 positive and other equicical, but then negative 2 other times. Should I do a viral culture? WOuld this test grow if i had any strain of HIV1 infection? I test negative on ELISA but am worried with all illnesses that I have had that i m infected with a strain that is undetected by ELISA. Initially my cbc ws low wbc a 3.9 and elevated monocytes at 14. My cd4 at 50 days were 750, 50% and cd8 413 27% and ratio 1.8 please help me G-Man i know your not a doctor but I have been to a specialist at Duke university HIV clinic and they were not worried about my positive western blot and told me that I am negative but I am unconvinced b/c of these symtpoms. I know your not a doctor but feel as though someone like you can help me since oyu have knowledge and experience with this. The girl i slept with after i questioed her said she had ringworm like infections on herf skin that appear, had nosebleeds thats she had to be hospitalized for, now pain her her sternum that shifted to her left side, all HIV related illnesses and is losing weight. I feel as though she is close to the end and not on meds and when we slept together her viral load is high and thats how i caught it from her. She was a bigger girl but i dont understand how she couldnt know she had it. She tested negative on the ELISA 2 times for me, but i am sure that this is a strain that is undetected by ELISA please help me on what to do? Culture, would that put this to rest one way or the other know matter what strain?



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Re: G-Man answer pleae sir new
      #42023 - 10/17/02 08:39 PM

oh dear,you have made a "classic mistake"that so many people do.in their over anxious state having a totally wrong test like the WBlot.the western blot should only be used to"confirm"a positive eliser.never should it be taken alone.and to add insult to injury to yourself,you want to run off and have a viral culture,or possibly a P.E.R.T TEST AS WELL?.I very much doubt you will listen to me,as i have a lot of expieriance with people in your anxious state in the past.
The only test you need is an antibody test at three,and/or
six months.if you feel you cannot wait that long,then you can have a BDNA,RNA VIRAL LOAD OR PRO VIRAL DNA PCR,
HOWEVER,the normal antibody test,will save you alot of energy and money.now you can ask gmanbill,or any hiv doctor,
the answer"will"be exactly the same.as for viral culture,
1.it is only about 80%sensitive/accurate.
2.its not avalible commercialy only in protocal labs/research Labs.
3.why are you worried about strange strains?were you in africa recently?.
4.The bDNA assay detects all HIV-1 variants except group O
(which is, however, only present in a few natives of gabon). So you are safe.
5.MOST Antibody tests given at goverment sexual health clinics here in the uk,can,and will detect subtype "o",
and some assays even combine P24 Antigen.
6.I think the usa would be the same,as we buy the tests,
from usa based companys,i cannot comment on"rapid tests,or home tests".hope this helps you......good luck The Prof.




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Re: G-Man answer pleae sir new
      #42025 - 10/17/02 10:03 PM

If you can't believe a specialist that has told you that you are negative there is no hope you will believe anyone else.



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Re: G-Man answer pleae sir new
      #42027 - 10/17/02 10:34 PM

Realax and be happy. Hiv is no threat!



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Re: G-Man answer pleae sir new
      #42029 - 10/17/02 11:03 PM

I'm an irresponsible idiot: I have hiv but I refuse to deal with it (depresses me)...tried to take the meds but a handful of pills three times a day bummed me out..quit after one week...then I heard about the "dissident movement" other fools like me who simply refuse to deal with it...so now I don't practice safe sex,don't take my meds, don't see a Dr or get any markers checked and...hey! I'm fine! I've got the other totally uneducated and irresponsible fools telling me I'll be fine! Remember, dissidents don't die of aids!



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Re: G-Man answer pleae sir new
      #42031 - 10/17/02 11:47 PM

I have also experienced some of the same symptoms. The spots on my palms and feet the sore muscles headaches. I went to the Dr and he assured me that HIV was not my problem. There are other illnesses out there with symptoms that mimick HIV. If you tested negative elisa then you should see a Dr that sepcializes in internal medicine. By delaying you can be miking worse what is really wrong. Hope all works out fine for you. God bless you.



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Re: G-Man answer pleae sir new
      #42033 - 10/18/02 03:58 AM

man, i assume you are practising unsafe sex only with other aids dissidents ? if not, then please practise safer sex. you will get very very depressed when someone finds out that you infected him/her and if he or she calls you a murder

ps: hope you see a doc again (a better one than your old doc, who obviously was not able to deal with you properly. he shouldnt have prescribed meds to a person who is mentally unprepared for medication)



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Re: G-Man answer pleae sir new
      #42037 - 10/18/02 06:56 AM

Listen to the Prof (and Dr Bob Frascino who also answered your question)!

You shouldn't really have had a WB at all - this should only be done to confirm a positive ELISA. I don't know where you would get a viral culture done - I don't think anyone will do one on the basis of your tests so far. Irrespective of that fact, the tests you have had are conclusive - you are negative! I don't mean to sound harsh, but you are negative and should forget about further testing!



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Re: G-Man answer pleae sir new
      #42044 - 10/18/02 02:03 PM

Whoever authorized a Western Blot after a negative Elisa should be shot. You had a false positive and are now freaking out, As far as elevated Monocytes 14 is not elevated unless your total monocyte counts exceed the lab norm. Further more monocytes tend to be elevated during bacterial or parasitic infections not viral and a 3.9 WBC is normal in most cases and fluctuates through out the day. I bet you if you do 3 WBC's a day you will get totally different counts flactuating as much as 2 or even 3 points. Don't worry be happy you are hiv negative



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