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babygirl30
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ARV???????
      #185585 - 04/09/06 11:16 PM

I have read alot of posts and many of them talk about ARV.What is that? Is it just another name for HIV?

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ItsFaith
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Re: ARV??????? new
      #185629 - 04/10/06 11:05 AM

Perhaps you are talking about ARS. That is Acute Retroviral Syndrome. Sometimes when you get infected you get sick 2 to 4 weeks after...kinda like a flu....it lasts a week or so (sometimes more) and you can be really really sick or you can be mildly sick...or nothing at all. This illness when the body is attacking the new invasioin of HIV is ARS. It is unreliable in diagnosiing HIV as some peoplle have it and some people don't and the symtpoms are the same as a million other viruses and illnesses.

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babygirl30
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Re: ARV??????? new
      #185636 - 04/10/06 11:25 AM

Thank-you very much for your reply! It is amazing to me how millions of people suffer from HIV/AIDS,but so many people (like myself) really don't know too much about it.My ex-husband got sick the last week of August last year,he woke up and couldn't move his left side.He was taken to the hospital where we thought he had a stroke,then the doctors thought he might have MS.He got worse and worse.It wasn't untill October the doctors told us he had whats called PML,which is a lesion on his brain,caused by Aids.We were all very shocked because nobody thought that the problem could have been Aids.He got worse and passed away November 22.It was very very difficult and very sad to see him suffer.My daughter watched her father die slowly and to this day she hasn't cried yet.I'm very concerned.I was separated from him for 4 years, so I'm very scared that I might have it too,but I havent got checked yet.Anyways, thank you very much for giving me that information.

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ItsFaith
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Re: ARV??????? new
      #185657 - 04/10/06 12:44 PM

I'm so sorry for your loss, and for your daughters. I know how scarey this whole thing can be. But as you most likely had a significant risk, please test. If you are infected treatment makes a world of difference! It is manageable, but if you ignore it or try to hide from it you could be hit hard i nthe end, as your husband was. Knowledge is power babygirl! I will pray for you and for your daugther that she finds the inner peace and strength to deal with her father's loss. Love and Prayers.

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