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      #194347 - 06/03/06 07:16 PM

can the people who have tested positive describe the symptoms they experianced during the ars period and after please. Thanks

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      #194381 - 06/04/06 12:05 AM

If I had them, I totally dismissed them as being nothing but a flu. Never missed work in 15 years of employment. So I cant help you on this one...

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      #194463 - 06/04/06 05:27 PM

I never had anything that even remotely resembled ARS. I've been totally healthy for years. Even when the HIV was diagnosed I wasn't feeling bad or experiencing any symptoms.

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Re: ars-symptoms new
      #194523 - 06/05/06 12:56 AM

i started getting some swollen lymph nodes in my neck about 3 months after my exposure but ironically it was only after i found out i had hiv so i wonder if the lymph nodal swelling was actually caused by a horrible psychological reaction the diagnosis.

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Re: ars-symptoms new
      #194536 - 06/05/06 02:49 AM

Mine was marked by what I would call mono-like symptoms. I felt like I was hit by a mack truck, with fever and chills. More markedly, I had hepatitis that caused swelling that put pressure on my ribcage, like s spike up my back as well. Liver panel results (ALT/AST) were extremely elevated. We explored autoimmune hepatitis, wasnt confirmed by a hepatologist. I got better. I dismissed that clearly something was very wrong, all I cared about was that after a month or so I was fully recovered.

And then several months later, only with far more suffering this next time around.....WALLAH!

But just remember. ARS symptoms can be indicative of many other things. Dont go jumping to conclusions until you have a confirmatory HIV test.

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Re: ars-symptoms new
      #198524 - 07/01/06 10:46 PM

Haven't had anyone as this in a while, but I had a "classic" case of ARS. Abot 2 1/2 weeks after exposure I had a sudden onset of fever (101-102), anorexia, EXTREME fatigue, nausea, WBC dropped to 2,000, liver functions elevated.
Initial HIV test about 4 weeks after exposure ELISA positive, Western Blot indeterminate. Repeat tests at 7 weeks were all positive. No symptoms now, first CD4 at 3 months post exposure was 569, viral load 43,600.

All that being said, if you aren't sure, get tested. If I hadn't pursued HIV testing on my own, I would have just accepted the hematologist's diagnosis of EBV, after ruling out hepatitis, leuemia, etc., etc., etc.

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