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I don't know the difference
      #7375 - 07/19/00 11:43 PM

Is CMV the same as HIV?



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      #7382 - 07/20/00 03:12 AM

Can CMV cause swollen nodes in the groin?



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      #7401 - 07/20/00 03:23 PM

CMV is NOT the same as HIV. Isn't that the virus that causes mono? I think it can cause swelling in the groin too.



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      #7423 - 07/21/00 11:09 AM

CMV is present in about half of us! CMV is in the Herpes family. It is the dreaded "blindness" virus in those immunocompromised like in AIDS. I don't believe it is the standard "mono" virus. I think EPstein-Barr is the classic mono virus. HOWEVER, many viruses (probably including CMV, or Cytomegalovirus) can cause "mono" like symptoms. In fact, you can get mono again from Epstein-Barr even if you had it really bad when a kid or in college. This is only a small minority of people, including me. THAT'S WHAT SCARED THE LIVING [censored] OUT OF ME LAST YEAR. I HAD MONO AGAIN RIGHT AFTER EXPOSURE, BUT MOST DOCTORS WERE TELLING ME THAT IT COULDN'T BE MONO AGAIN SO I FALSELY CONCLUDED I WAS DOOMED WITH HIV ARS SYMPTOMS. THEN I FOUND A COMPETENT INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPECIALIST MEDICAL DOCTOR WHO SAID A SMALL PERCENTAGE (I.E. ME) GET THE EPSTEIN-BARR REACTIVATED AND SIMILAR SYMPTOMS REAPPEAR. SO THE DOCTORS WHO WERE WRONG SCARED THE LIVING HELL OUT OF ME.



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Ooops....my mistake new
      #7557 - 07/24/00 12:45 PM

You're absolutely right! My mistake. I got that Epstein-Barr virus confused with CMV. Either way, I knew it was one of those types of virus that most of us already have!



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