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Can I Stop Being a Pin Cushion
      #90276 - 02/24/04 03:29 AM

Hello All

I got my 16 week HIV test. It was NEG. Can I stop testing. I'm really worried that I need to test out to 6 months.

I got the ELISA testfeom ehivtest.com.

I was worried becasue I still have some syptoms. One symptom that popped up is muscle twitching that is now a weird vibration in my foot.

Is this PN? Do I still need to test?

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Re: Can I Stop Being a Pin Cushion new
      #90293 - 02/24/04 01:11 PM

[q][i]Originally posted by: [b]Jackie_Blue[/b][/i]<br>There seems to be a lack of understanding about what ARS is and how it works.

Acute Retroviral Syndrome is the time frame when the body tries to fight off the virus. Just like ALL other illness, when the body is fighting something, it produces 'symptoms'. Take a fever. The body jacks up the temparture in order to kill a virus. As we all know with HIV it's a losing battle for the body. It is during this time that the body produces antibodies, the same ones that can be detected in an ELISA.

ARS typically occurs within 2 - 4 weeks from exposure. It self-resolves in about a week. Symptoms that drag on for weeks and months are NOT typical of ARS. Symptoms that come and go are not ARS. Symptoms that show up one at a time are not ARS.

If a person tests after what they consider to be ARS and the test is negative, then the person did NOT experience ARS, only thought they did and they are NOT infected.

If a person tests negative, but still complains of symptoms, then the problem is either emotional or another illness.[/q]


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