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Has sex 15 months ago...
      03/31/00 02:56 AM

I had relatively low-risk sex with someone about 15 months ago.
Less than two days later I started feeling sick, and by a week
later I had a terrible flu: swollen glands, low fever, balance
problems, muscle aches, nerve pain and tingling, confusion, bumpy
rash, sinusitis and terrific pressure headaches. About nine days
later I got a white, bad-tasting, pasty coating on my tongue.
About a month later I began having trouble breathing - shortness
of breath and persistent cough, pressure beneath my sternum. All
these symptoms lasted a YEAR, coming and going at different times
but never completely gone. They have slowly improved, and now I
only have hints of breathing trouble and the coated tongue. I
just tested ELISA negative last week. I had a DNA PCR 6.5 weeks
after my contact, and it was negative. I had an RNA quantitative
PCR eight months after, and it was undetectable. On immune system
tests run in September, I had 550 t-cells at 34 percent. After
all these tests, I should be convinced, but I'm not. I've read
that HIV can drop to undetectable levels soon after infection, so
I doubt the RNA PCR, and I'm not sure I waited long enough for
the DNA PCR to be accurate. I'm afraid that I got HIV, it utterly
WIPED OUT my immune system, and my body is only slowly building
it back -- that's why I still don't have detectable antibodies.
Does anyone have any ideas? Has anyone heard about cases like
this? E-mail:

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