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shannon
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      #7336 - 07/19/00 10:03 AM

I need some advise here, I had a negative eliza at 6mo following unprotected vaginal sex. I have had swollen nodes, joint and muscle pain, I did have night sweats, severe sore thoat, rash, thrush, fever, just about everything that is listed as a symptom to HIV and it was NOT the flu.. I have taken 5 tests total.. Now after my 6month negative test, I find myself concerned w/ different strains of the virus.. I know that hiv2 is found in africa, but what are the possibilies that I could be infected w/ that. What about HIV type O? All my tests were standard eliza tests.. would these pick up antibodies to other stains? I also had a cbc done that indicated high white blood count with a differental.. please help... does anyone have any experience w/ this matter... I am still a bit worried..



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Re: the virus new
      #7339 - 07/19/00 10:46 AM

go get a test for mono. mono shows increased white blood cells. All of the symptoms you have listed apply for mono as well.



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Re: the virus new
      #7345 - 07/19/00 01:26 PM

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BDG
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Re: the virus new
      #7348 - 07/19/00 01:49 PM

There aren't that many people infected with HIV-2 or subclass O in North America. Testing for HIV-2 is not normally recommended unless you have had an exposure from someone from one of the regions were it is prominent.

As far as "standard" tests picking up HIV-2, it depends on what you mean by "standard". In some areas of North America, the standard test is a HIV-1/HIV-2 combo test. But in some areas, only a HIV-1 test is preformed. The combo test will obviously pick up HIV-2 infection. But not necessarily the HIV-1 test. I've heard that it can sometimes pick it up though (roughtly 30% of the time). But I don't thnink you should be worrying about this anyway, unless you had unsafe contact with someone from West Africa.



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Rizzo
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I had the same question: HIV-2 new
      #7360 - 07/19/00 05:10 PM

I have been tested only with HIV-1 antibody tests, including a PCR test. Now that I am getting towards the end of the 6 month window period, I'm wondering if I should test for HIV-2. DOes anyone have any information about this? I know that the risk is slight unless the sexual partner was from West Africa, but who knows who the person you've been with has been with?

This is starting to worry me all over again! Any help or advice would be great.



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What? new
      #7362 - 07/19/00 08:11 PM

end of the 6 month window period? What? Everybody here says 3 months.



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BDG
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Re: What? new
      #7370 - 07/19/00 09:15 PM

Different people believe in different window periods. That's why you'll hear both 3 months and 6 months. Depends on where people get there information, and who they trust the most.

As far as HIV-2 is concerned, I think if it was likely that you could get infected by it, it would be standard to test for it. It is standard in some places in North America to use a combo HIV-1/HIV-2 test, but I think they do that because it is readily available, not because there is a realistic chance of getting it from someone who is not West African.

I can't lie to you though and say it would be impossible to get HIV-2 from someone who is not West African. Like you said, you never know who someone has been with. But the chances are probably very low because the actual number of HIV-2 infections in North America is very, very low.



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Re: the virus new
      #7416 - 07/21/00 01:28 AM

high white blood cells could indicate a bacterial infection which may easily cause all your symptoms. Are you feeling better now or you symptoms are still persistent? Check yourself for mono, cmv or herpes they all cause these symptoms as well.


All the best.
zazoo



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