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      #3793 - 05/05/00 06:57 PM

i am a 17 year old male and am very worryied and scared i havent went and got my self tested for aids because i am scared. I also cant think who i could have cuahgt this from if infact i do have it because i have had protected sex, i do know condoms aren't 100% affective. my symptoms are that i lost 20 pounds form nov to may but i use to be a active weight lifter and play football and within those months i ahvent been doing anything but being a couch potato and i have also noticed my appitite isnt what it use to be. I have also noticed a increase in acne ,exspecially on my back. I have terrible dark circles under my eyes. I just recently had a few bumps hor on my kneck that look kinda white my mom said it was heat rash from the knecklaces i were. i also noticed hao easy it is for me to bruise. fro istance i went to bush gardens and road all the roller coasters and at the end of the day i had briuse type marks on my chest from the harnesses but my freind didnt have any. i lifted weights and had the same types of marks on my back from the weight bench i guess. i threw basball and had the same marks on my wrist from the glove. it is also very easy for me to get hicky's. i have also noticed a increase in freckles all over my arms and hands atleast theats what my mom says. i have also had a little bit of a cough now for about a month , like i have to cogh mucase up. i have always had bad sinus problems though. exspecially post nasal drip. I sweat alot exspeccially on my back. i am very consered and scared any info i recieve will be greatly helpfull.

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      #3797 - 05/05/00 09:47 PM

Hi Buddy,
It certainly sounds like there is something going on with your system. It's extremely important that you go to a doctor as soon as possible. While HIV/AIDS can give you the kind of signs you describe, it's NOT the only condition that can cause them!! It seems to me that the easy bruising, etc. may be a sign of thrombocitopenia, that is very low levels of platelets in your blood. These guys help with the normal clotting process. Again, this may or may NOT be HIV. Whatever it is, IT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED IMMEDIATELY. I know from experience that taking the first step toward testing or going to the doc is a very difficult one. But nowadays it is to your advantage to identify ANY medical condition early, as there are many effective treatments for many things out there.
If you need support in taking the first step, or with the actual going to the Doc, talk to your parents, OR your best friend, or whoever it is that you feel comfortable with. Finding a volunteer to support you through this is also an option, if you feel more comfortable that way. Check your local agencies. Whatever you do, do see a doctor as soon as possible. It's Ok to be afraid, but don't forget many people love you... I'm saying a prayer for you anm I am at your side to give you whatever strength you need.
Act now, my friend!!

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