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10 years for symptoms
      #52012 - 12/24/02 05:39 PM

why do they always say it takes average of 10 years for symptoms ? From what I see symptoms start very early for alot of people.



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Re: 10 years for symptoms new
      #52526 - 12/28/02 09:09 PM

Not one of you has a commment?



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yes, someone PLEASE respond new
      #52535 - 12/29/02 04:34 AM

why doesn't someone answer this? is it really true that most of the positives out there are NOT experiencing symptoms for ten years or more? please help us newly diagnosed people know what to expect. there seems to be a lot of conflicting information out there and it's intimidating to say the least.
i, for example, do not have access to any medical care or counseling since finding out i'm positive. so i'm really counting on you guys for info here.
please take a moment to stop and think about how you felt when you were first diagnosed. remember the whirlwind of thoughts and emotions and respond to this person's question above.



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Re: 10 years for symptoms new
      #52717 - 12/29/02 03:06 PM

I believe the 10-year thing is only an AVERAGE. Some people show AIDS-related symptoms within a few months, others can take up to a couple of decades. The truth is, once infected you can have symptoms anytime. It just depends on how the virus affects the individual person. But the average amount of time it takes is 10 years.



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Re: 10 years for symptoms new
      #52884 - 12/30/02 07:19 PM

There are two kinds of symptoms...one is ARS--which is around 6 weeks after getting infected...It's a flu-like symptom that many people don't notice. They just think they have a cold. ANd then that's it....for an average of ten years....and the first symptom can be an opportunistic infection (IOI) like PCP. But nowadays...if you are in the care of an experienced HIV specialist you won't get an OI cause you're viral load and CD4 count will be watched carefully and you'll get medications before your CD4 fall too low.



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Re: yes, someone PLEASE respond new
      #53458 - 01/02/03 03:43 PM

The average time frame from HIV to AIDS is 8-10 years. This can vary depending on the health of the person. A person can go symptomless for YEARS not knowing they have HIV. If you are this concerned about it get tested and stop worrying and analyzing every little symptom.

HIV is diagnosed when a persons t cells (cd4) reach under 200. Even at this a person can still appear and feel healthy.



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Re: yes, someone PLEASE respond new
      #54371 - 01/09/03 05:48 AM

Yes, one can be symptom free for 10 years. I started having general health decline over 6 years ago, got on cocktails and except for being more susceptible to colds, etc. I am doing great! Some may not be so lucky. Some may live 15 years. I don't want to give false hope, but you may be one of the lucky ones so why not have hope? I remember the day I found out. Everyone spun around me. Of course, I was devastated, and at times felt I couldn't go on out of fear,
anger, depression. But things can change. If you don't have
good medical resources, there are County programs, and medical resources through legitimate sites, local libraries.
Good luck to you, you have a wild ride ahead, but you can tame the HIV/AIDS beast you are riding on, and LIVE. I did it, I hope others can share their "success" stories. Stay connected!



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Re: yes, someone PLEASE respond new
      #55710 - 01/23/03 05:42 PM

Dear Anon,

Didn't you mean to state that usually an Aids diagnosis is made when t-cells fall below 200? Hiv is identified by the presence of hiv antibodies in the blood, or the viral load of the virus, not the number of t-cells.

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