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fissured tongue and ars
      #68594 - 08/02/03 02:03 PM

I have just looked in the mirror this morning and saw that my tongue was completely fissured. Is it a symptom of ars ? - I am currently at week 7 after a low risk exposure (protected sex)



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Re: fissured tongue and ars new
      #68662 - 08/03/03 08:43 AM

No. That isn't a sign of ARS.

I'm curious however, why are you even worried? A low risk exposure would be like unprotected oral. You had Protected Sex. Last I saw, having protected sex isn't a reason to rush off and get tested anyway.



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Re: fissured tongue and ars new
      #68664 - 08/03/03 01:39 PM

I am worried because, since week 4, I have had multiple mouth ulcers and now, at week 7, I am getting a fissured tongue. Thank you anyway, Jackie_Blue, for your help.



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Re: fissured tongue and ars new
      #68669 - 08/03/03 08:30 PM

I'm sorry you are so worried about this. However, the symptoms you attribute to ARS can't be. ARS is something that comes on quickly and self resolves after a short period of time. ARS typically appears between 2 and 4 weeks. So the ONLY symptom you have had is mouth ulcers? That's not something that would make a doctor immediately think about HIV. It's not something that would cause an ID doctor to EVEN consider it to be ARS. Whatever is going on with your tongue now wouldn't have anything to do with ARS.

I'm not sure why you are so worried since you used protection. Are you more concerned because of the person you were with? If that's the case, think about this. The virus doesn't care. It could be the hooker on the street that's infected or it could be the girl next door your mom is trying to hook you up with. Doesn't matter.

That's why the push for people to remember to protect themselves. Safe sex is safe sex, no matter who you are with. The rules of transmission don't change just because of someone's lifestyle. They may be more prone to infection if they don't protect themselves because they have more risk to unprotected exposures, but as long as you take measures to protect yourself, then don't worry.





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