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Bob S
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Is the Window period for real? I am worried.
      #112362 - 10/06/04 02:56 AM

Hi, I realize this board is mostly for those who have been diagnosed with HIV, but I hope you allow me to vent anyway. I was recently tested negative by an elisa and a rapid hiv test. I had a sexual relationship (unprotected) last year (summer of 2003) with a woman who may be HIV positive, and my doctors say its virtually impossible for me to have HIV since its been a year and I should have developed the antibodies by now had I been infected. However, I have been suffering from what I believe to be hiv-like symptoms, including abdomen discomfort (sometimes severe, and I wonder if its candida) stomach cramps, abnormal bowells, and very dry skin. I get rashes more frequently and easily, especially across my cheeks and nose that makes me feel flushed and hot. I itch a lot, even near my groin. Had a herpes test that came back negative, but I suspect the doc didnt get a sufficient sample. I get muscle and joint pain, and my left middle finger has been strained and not healed in three months. But maybe its not the muscle, maybe its the joint. I just don't know. Tonight I noticed a small bump on the upper back of my neck, maybe a swollen lymphnode. I am hoping its only a zit, but I soubt it. I was getting hives constantly, but started takinf claritan and that has temporarily stopped the hives. I also have chapped lips with occasional cancker sores and a cold sore or two. On top of all this, as anyone can imagine, I am constantly stressed and worried and seem to be living in fear. Its like, I feel as though I have it, but my tests keep saying negative. Is this 3-6 month window thing really as conclusive as everyone says? Whatever the case, I dont wanna be stuck in this fear and keep testing over and over. Last week, I took one more Elisa and begged my doctor to order a PCR as well. Result should come back this week. If they come back negative and undetected, I guess I should take an anti-depressent to feel better, and move on. If I am truly negative, I want you all to know that I feel as though I have gotten a glimpse of your world, and I am amazed at how you guys and gals have gone through. Hope you all stay as well as you can. God Bless

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Re: Is the Window period for real? I am worried. new
      #112371 - 10/06/04 09:15 AM

If you have had consistent negative tests for a year, then you are more than likely negative. Some people become so stressed about the possibility of being infected that they exhibit symptoms that they may not normally have. Enjoy the negative results. Feel comfortable to use this forum whenever you have concerns. Those of us that are infected can help you to learn.

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Re: Is the Window period for real? I am worried. new
      #112373 - 10/06/04 09:37 AM

[quote]................ 1. I have been suffering from what I believe to be hiv-like symptoms, .....................
2. ..........Is this 3-6 month window thing really as conclusive as everyone says? ......... [/quote]

Hi;

To number 1, If you are sitting on the toilet and barfing your guts out into a bucket in front of you at the same time, ............Then you might be having ARS symptoms.
If you are able to wring out a pint of sweat from your sheets, and your afternoon fevers are hovering between 102 and 104 F. .................. Then you might be having the symptoms of the onslaught of HIV.
If all of your Lymph glands are the size of walnuts, and all at the same time, .........................Then you might be suffering the symptoms of ARS.
If you get out of bed to struggle to the bathroom to pee, and you fall down in the hallway and pee all over yourself, .............Then you may be suffering the aftereffects of HIV infection.

You see, HIV is a virulent bug, and it really creates havoc in your imune system. As your body creates antibodies, the actual thing the test is looking for, your body suffers a great revulsion to the virus.

Now on the other hand, about 50% of people never develop symptoms but go on to suffer without knowledge several years later. This is why testing is not only a good thing, it helps people like you to find out if they are infected. You, my friend, have tested negative for the antibody that is created by HIV infection, and the window period of 90 days is accurate for all but a very few, who already have damaged imune response.

I hope this helps.

Peace, out.


--------------------
Yours;
Tim
"Living Positive Since '83"

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Anonymous
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Re: Is the Window period for real? I am worried. new
      #112377 - 10/06/04 11:19 AM

Hu?

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Anonymous
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Re: Is the Window period for real? I am worried. new
      #112416 - 10/07/04 12:52 AM

No, that is NOT cut and dried! When I was exposed and subsequently infected, my HIV specialist said it can take months, in rare cases YEARS!!! I would get a second opinion.
Good luck.

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