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prolonged symptoms
      #5117 - 06/08/00 10:31 AM

Has Anyone heard anything on how long one may feel ill after infection. CDC says that you will only get avs in the beginning mo and then will feel fine for several years. I find this hard to believe, I mean if one has the horrible virus floating though out it's blood stream, then you would think that you would feel fatigue and pains all the time... any advise on this matter?



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Re: prolonged symptoms new
      #5149 - 06/08/00 06:32 PM

you are wrong; you feel terrible during ARs because it's at a higher rate in your blood during ars than in any time other than when you develop the very late stages of AIDS.

after ARS resolves, it goes back down to a normal manageable number and does not generally produce symptoms whatsoever.

that's why everyone is so suprirised when they test positive. they didn't know they had it at all.



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Re: prolonged symptoms new
      #5162 - 06/08/00 08:35 PM

I have done a lot of thinking about ARS over these last few months and I came to a couple of personal conclusions (please disagree if you want). I think that MOST people experience ARS but the question is how many recognize it as such. I mean if you had a really really bad flu and you never even thought about HIV would you merely accept the fact that you had the flu? I think you would.
I think that many HIV positive individuals have experienced ARS (Worried2000 posted that his hospital told him it was over 90%, I think that was the number) but may have either ignored it or not considered its severity. I think you will find that true ARS is quite sever and not simple coughs or sneezes, minor body aches, strange skin anomalies or the like. It is a full-blown reaction to a foreign biological entity invading your body. That is why many reputable HIV centres report that antibody production is actually at 6-7 weeks and 12 weeks is simply to catch the late ones (sorry CDCphiles).
Whatever the case, many of the people on this board report a myriad of symptoms and many actually match some of the ones associated with ARS but yet they continue to test negative. Why? Simple, they weren't experiencing ARS, but their symptoms were similar and they assumed they had HIV.
I think that we concern ourself way too much with ARS and should focus on the testing. It's the only universally accepted way to establish HIV + or -.

Any comments? Sorry about spelling and grammar, I was rushing.



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Re: prolonged symptoms new
      #5164 - 06/08/00 10:03 PM

I aggree that during ars the virus is in the body in high amounts causing more of a discomfort and illness; however, does the body tend to be fatigued, do lymph nodes continue to swell, will one have a mild thrush, and sore throat? After all HIV never leaves the body.. I find it hard to believe that the body doesn't continue to stay ill after the infection...



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Re: prolonged symptoms new
      #5172 - 06/08/00 10:38 PM

If you want a good description of ARS, see one of Worried2000's earlier posts. In regard to what exactly happens, it seems to produce intense flu-like symptoms. This would include: high fever, body aches, headaches, sore throat, rash, night sweats, fatigue and swollen lymph nodes (neck, armpit and groin). It seems to come approx. 3-4 weeks after exposure and doesn't last much longer than 2 weeks(Worried2000 post). During this time your body is producing antibodies to combat the virus and these are what the ELISA test picks up.

From what I understand, it is hard to not notice these symptoms and they seem to all come at once. I think that many miss ARS because they are not looking for it nor do they factor HIV as a potential cause. I think that if one is experiencing ARS they would know. Don't worry about ARS, get tested because it is the only way to know for sure. The average person shows positive by 25 days and most will show + by 6 weeks, so get tested at 12 weeks to make sure and for peace of mind.

Good luck, friend.




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