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please help info about hiv-2
      #56544 - 01/28/03 03:36 PM

hello all,can anyone hepl with questions about hiv-2,i had a sexual encounter with an indian guy and now fear about hiv -2.what is the window period does the test for hiv 1 show the result fot hiv 2 please help.



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Re: please help info about hiv-2 new
      #56621 - 01/28/03 08:54 PM

Read the following fact sheet from the CDC:

http://www.thebody.com/cdc/hiv2.html

ALSO:
HIV-2 infection is not a problem in the United States. 94 cases of HIV-2 infection have been reported in the U.S. (2001). HIV-2 is endemic in certain regions of Africa.

HIV-1 antibody tests will detect HIV-2 infections about 70% of the time. If risk for HIV-2 infection exists, HIV-2 specific antibody tests should be used. Unless you have been informed otherwise, you should assume that you have only been tested for HIV-1, as regular screening for HIV-2 is not widespread. Providers should inform you when screening for both types of HIV antibodies; however, asking your provider directly is probably your most reliable option.

If you live in the U.S., are at low-risk for infection, and have not had exposures to people at risk for HIV-2 infection (predominantly people from endemic regions in Africa--
Nigeria has a seroprevalence of HIV-2 (the amount of people currently infected) in 5% or less of the population. Significant rates of HIV-2 have been identified in the urban areas of Senegal, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Gambia, and Cape Verde. HIV-2 antibody testing would be recommended for anyone having exposures in these regions), then there is no need for aggressive screening for HIV-2 infection.




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Re: please help info about hiv-2 new
      #56624 - 01/28/03 09:45 PM

Call GMHC AIDS Hotline: 1-800-243-7692 or
National AIDS Hotline: 1-800-342-2437 (24 hours a day, daily)



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Re: please help info about hiv-2 new
      #56733 - 01/29/03 04:10 PM

Was this encounter in the US or India?



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Re: please help info about hiv-2 new
      #56961 - 01/30/03 11:17 PM

it was in india,i did take a test there at a period of 4 months,at that time i was more concerned about hiv-1,the hospital tested me for both,now i live in the us,when i came
here i tested again but only for hiv-1,as they do not test for that here,now a year and a half has gone past and just about a month back i started getting low grade feaver and it has lasted for like a month.and that time i started getting paranoid about hiv-2,i've tried to get infoabout it
but i still dont know the window period.i'llhave to get tested again soon nowfor hiv-2.if u have any info about it.
please post your reply,i'm pretty regular at cheacking the board.thanks
kim



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Re: please help info about hiv-2 new
      #57166 - 02/02/03 08:52 AM

It's been a year and a half, you have a low grade fever and you automatically think it's caused by HIV-2?

First off, what's your definition of a low grade fever? A low grade fever is defined as being a temperature of at least 100 and not more than 100.9. Anything under 100.0 is not considered a fever because of normal variances in body temperature.

Second off, you have had what is considered conclusively negative tests for both HIV1 and HIV2.

Third, I'm sure if you were to list all the possible causes of a low grade fever, you would be typing it all day. That type of fever is an indication of a low grade infection. Many things cause that type of fever and in most cases it resolves itself. If you continue to have a low grade fever for several weeks see your doctor to find the cause and get it cleared.

There is absolutely no reason to link what's happening to you now with an exposure that you've already tested negative a year and half ago.

You're starting show signs of being a Worried Well.



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Re: please help info about hiv-2 new
      #57633 - 02/07/03 04:23 AM

I'm confused, I know there is not just one strain of HIV anymore, but you mean the window for HIV of any type? I have read and heard average is 6 months, but can be less, or years. I hope you can get medical advice on this, and hopefully you will stay HIV negative.



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Re: please help info about hiv-2 new
      #60173 - 03/08/03 09:35 AM

Just FYI. Nigeria does not have a prevalence of HIV 2.
HIV 1 is prevalent in Nigeria wit HIV 2 being less prevalent. Please, get your facts straight.



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