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Back pain & ARS??
      #75502 - 10/16/03 05:56 PM

Is severe back pain a symptom of ARS? I know you cannot diagnose off of symptoms, but I have not seen anywhere where back pain is even listed as a symptom.

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Re: Back pain & ARS?? new
      #75592 - 10/17/03 08:46 AM

That's because it's not a symptom. What kind of exposure did you have?



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Re: Back pain & ARS?? new
      #75594 - 10/17/03 10:38 AM

I had unprotected oral sex and the other guy started to cum in my mouth. He pulled out but only after he started cumming in my mouth.

Do most people experience symptoms 2-4 weeks after infection? Do they include fever, rash, swollen lymph node? I do not recall having any of these symptoms. I have been feeling fatigue and had severe back pain for about a week now.



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Re: Back pain & ARS?? new
      #75596 - 10/17/03 12:25 PM

Performing oral sex carries a very low risk of infection. When there is ejaculate involved, the risk increses somewhat, but it is still far less of a risk than unprotected anal or vaginal sex. Here is what one of the HIV experts on this site state about ARS.

"Acute HIV infection is the period of time when an HIV infected person is seroconverting; that is, they are mounting an immune response against HIV, developing antibodies that will signify that he or she is HIV antibody positive. At least 80% of people recently infected with HIV will experience symptoms related to acute HIV infection approximately 2-4 weeks after exposure. Symptoms can vary in each individual, the most common symptoms being fever, headache, fatigue, rash, lymphadenopathy, myalgia/arthralgia, sore throat, mouth ulcers, and in rare cases, people can develop opportunistic infections, such as PCP. Symptoms usually last up to two weeks, and possibly longer.

Trying to determine your HIV status based on symptoms you are experiencing is unwise, anxiety provoking, and unreliable. Recent HIV infection (acute HIV infection, acute retroviral syndrome) should only be considered if ALL of the following are true:

1) You had unprotected vaginal or anal sex (inserting or receiving a penis without a condom) within the past three months.

2) Your partner was known to be HIV infected, or is a person who is in a "high-risk" category (a man who has sex with men, an injection drug user, or a person who has sexual contact with others in an area of high HIV incidence or prevalence, like sub-Saharan Africa).

3) Your symptoms are indicative of acute HIV infection (febrile illness, sometimes compared to flu or mono). The specific symptoms can vary from person to person, but acute infection most often manifests in this "flu-like" manner.

If ALL of the above are true for you, see a doctor to have your symptoms evaluated. If ALL of the above are not true, you should still have your symptoms evaluated by a doctor, but it is not likely that they are related to HIV infection."

Think of it this way, the lower the amount of fluid in your mouth, the lower the risk. It is rare for someone to become infected if they only perform oral.



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Re: Back pain & ARS?? new
      #75602 - 10/17/03 03:47 PM

Sounds like a kidney infection or possibly kidney stones. I seriously doubt it is HIV. If we were in Vegas I would bet the bank on a negative result. High roller. But,I digress. I do think you need to visit a doctor because kidney infections could become serious. Good Luck!



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Re: Back pain & ARS?? new
      #75665 - 10/17/03 08:14 PM

You haven't seen back pain listed as a symptom because it isn't a symptom. Simple as that.

Jackie



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