What are the symptoms of HIV

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    Dec 14, 2010 12:04 AM GMT
    Ok.. I know that it doesn't have any symptoms..
    But supposedly my friend has been infected for 5 years and got tested recently and found out he has hiv?

    Is that even possible? Some sites that say there are symptoms
    are like flu-like..... Does anyone know what the major symptoms are if you have never been tested
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    Dec 14, 2010 3:44 AM GMT
    Not all individuals have 'seroconversion syndrome'. Typical symptoms include 'flu-like' feelings, sore throat, rash, low-grade temperature elevations. See www.CDC.gov and type 'HIV' in the search box... You will find a wealth of information.

    It is quite possible for someone to go through seroconversion (i.e. the process of becoming 'positive'), mistake the symptoms (if there are any) for something else and then recover without ill effects. You probably know that HIV+ persons can remain well for decades, so there's nothing particularly amazing about someone being infected for five years without knowing it.

    Not sure how he would 'know' he's been infected for five years from a recent positive HIV antibody test?! It's impossible to know this unless he had blood from five years earlier stored (frozen) and then retested at a later date.
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    Dec 14, 2010 3:54 AM GMT
    I was told that symptoms are a lousy way to indicate hiv status. "Flu-like" symptoms can be from anything.
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    Dec 14, 2010 4:04 AM GMT
    Guys... please, get tested and get tested often IF you are having sex!!

    Plain and simple.

    Man up.
  • UnluckyTitan

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    Dec 14, 2010 4:49 AM GMT
    lifecast2020 saidGuys... please, get tested and get tested often IF you are having sex!!

    Plain and simple.

    Man up.


    What he said. And depending on you test type keep getting tested for several months after you stop having sex (not that I suspect anyone ever really stops).
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    Dec 14, 2010 5:57 AM GMT
    Zabotugi saidI was told that symptoms are a lousy way to indicate hiv status. "Flu-like" symptoms can be from anything.


    Uhhh, yeah. Which is exactly why so many seroconversions are interpreted by the newly-infected person as 'something else'. And as you were correctly told... most HIV+ patients are symptom-free.
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    Dec 14, 2010 6:01 AM GMT
    like everyone said HIV symptoms are so vague everytime i would get a cold i'd think i had hiv (ive even been told that ingrown hairs are an HIV symptom)

    but what I wonder is how they can tell ur friend has been poz for 5 years when he was diagnosed... can they tell how long its been in u for?
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    Dec 14, 2010 6:06 AM GMT
    UnluckyTitan said
    lifecast2020 saidGuys... please, get tested and get tested often IF you are having sex!!

    Plain and simple.

    Man up.


    What he said. And depending on you test type keep getting tested for several months after you stop having sex (not that I suspect anyone ever really stops).



    . . . i stop,
  • hockeyguy99

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    Dec 14, 2010 6:14 AM GMT
    lifecast2020 saidGuys... please, get tested and get tested often IF you are having sex!!

    Plain and simple.

    Man up.


    agreed
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    Dec 14, 2010 2:51 PM GMT
    Problem is... That he lies so theres no way of finding out the truth...
    he's been with multi-men (unprotected) from craigslist,adam4adam..etc
    i dont know if i can believe he was with an HIV infected person and had sex with him 5 years ago and then he got sick early November went to the hospital and got tested and the results came out positive... I'm sure major symptoms would have occurred between that time of his supposed encounter till now ..

    The stories don't make sense honestly, I believe he must have contracted it recently and just got sick went to get tested and boom he was positive.

    Also supposedly (don't know how true this is) the health department of NY comes to the friend's homes to get tested.. I got a call yesterday from some unprofessional random person asking me to take a cotton swab test in his car..
    that totally made me re-think things as (Is this for real or is this guy kidding me)
    Supposedly my name was given to them because he "supposedly" gave me oral sex.. back in 2008. So i told the guy from the department of health that the risk of contracting HIV through oral sex is quite low even-though there can be a risk but blood would have to be involved and semen.. So the guy was insisting for me to go and meet him told me it will only take 3 minutes. (for real) i told him i have a family doctor, I've been in a relationship for 2 years with the same guy who is clean. therefore there is no need for me to go outside and see him. If he wanted more information to contact my doctor and i highly doubt they will disclose any type of info to him.
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Dec 14, 2010 3:27 PM GMT
    THIS IS EASY: Almost every community has a free HIV quick test agency. So let's all get tested and get tested often if we are having sex (protected or unprotected).

    THIS IS HARD: Ask you new sex partners when the last time they were tested and what kinds of sex they have had since that test and 3 months before that test if it was a quick test.

    HERE IS MORE: If you have a cut on your hand or face - put a anti-viral band aid on it before sex.

    We all have a responsibility to help keep HIV numbers down - not just the guys that are already carrying the virus.
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    Dec 14, 2010 3:32 PM GMT
    hockeyguy99 said
    lifecast2020 saidGuys... please, get tested and get tested often IF you are having sex!!

    Plain and simple.

    Man up.


    agreed


    yeah and play safe
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    Dec 14, 2010 3:41 PM GMT
    and read here my man i hope this help


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HIV#Signs_and_symptoms
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    Dec 14, 2010 5:05 PM GMT
    GaGa4GaGa saidProblem is... That he lies so theres no way of finding out the truth...
    he's been with multi-men (unprotected) from craigslist,adam4adam..etc
    i dont know if i can believe he was with an HIV infected person and had sex with him 5 years ago and then he got sick early November went to the hospital and got tested and the results came out positive... I'm sure major symptoms would have occurred between that time of his supposed encounter till now ..



    You can sero-convert and be just fine w/no symptoms, then a few years later have an opportunistic illness from a damaged immune system that has you ending up in the hospital like your friend. Then you get tested there, and the test says HIV+.

    Hardly unusual.

    The expression 'clean' is very very tacky.

    -Doug
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    Dec 14, 2010 5:30 PM GMT
    It doesn't have much visible symptoms and thus one should have at least one HIV screening every year. There is no other way to know for sure.
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    Dec 14, 2010 6:49 PM GMT
    all of this is true....

    But the most common way to get HIV is from unprotected sex from my knowledge.. I see online you can get it via oral sex but the chances are very very low.. unless there was blood...

    His cd4 count was 140... which means it was very low and it's full blown AIDS
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    Dec 14, 2010 7:04 PM GMT
    GaGa4GaGa saidProblem is... That he lies so theres no way of finding out the truth...
    he's been with multi-men (unprotected) from craigslist,adam4adam..etc
    i dont know if i can believe he was with an HIV infected person and had sex with him 5 years ago and then he got sick early November went to the hospital and got tested and the results came out positive... I'm sure major symptoms would have occurred between that time of his supposed encounter till now ..

    The stories don't make sense honestly, I believe he must have contracted it recently and just got sick went to get tested and boom he was positive.

    Also supposedly (don't know how true this is) the health department of NY comes to the friend's homes to get tested.. I got a call yesterday from some unprofessional random person asking me to take a cotton swab test in his car..
    that totally made me re-think things as (Is this for real or is this guy kidding me)
    Supposedly my name was given to them because he "supposedly" gave me oral sex.. back in 2008. So i told the guy from the department of health that the risk of contracting HIV through oral sex is quite low even-though there can be a risk but blood would have to be involved and semen.. So the guy was insisting for me to go and meet him told me it will only take 3 minutes. (for real) i told him i have a family doctor, I've been in a relationship for 2 years with the same guy who is clean. therefore there is no need for me to go outside and see him. If he wanted more information to contact my doctor and i highly doubt they will disclose any type of info to him.


    Ughh I don't think the health dept does testing out of cars LOL. I'd at least hope not. It def sounds shady.

    I think it shows up in testing after like 3-6 months so it must've been a while since his last test.

    I have heard about people who test positive can get the health department to anonymously notify people they had sex with so they do not have to do it themselves.
  • FreakTheBeat

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    Dec 14, 2010 7:05 PM GMT
    It's best to not use the term full blow aids.

    You either have it or not. No in between.

    Second. Either way, I believe, you should get tested, just to make sure, even if you're in a committed relationship.What if for some reason the virus was transferred. Wouldn't you want to know? Wouldn't you want to protect your partner? Never can be to safe! It doesn't hurt either. They're asking you bc you had come into contact with him unprotected. May be low risk, but its a risk. You really don't know! Third, there doesn't HAVE to be symptoms of anything. You can have the virus for years and years and not know. Thats why they say that symptoms are no way of telling.

    Come on..
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    Dec 14, 2010 7:07 PM GMT
    RowBuddy said
    figures0108 said

    I think it shows up in testing after like 3-6 months so it must've been a while since his last test.


    It can show up even after 72 hours. The newer DNA/RNA tests can detect the virus in the blood stream a lot sooner. Not all the time, but a lot sooner than the regular antibody tests.


    NAAT Tests can def. detect the virus after 7 days! WOW!
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    Dec 14, 2010 7:08 PM GMT
    GaGa4GaGa saidall of this is true....

    But the most common way to get HIV is from unprotected sex from my knowledge.. I see online you can get it via oral sex but the chances are very very low.. unless there was blood...

    His cd4 count was 140... which means it was very low and it's full blown AIDS


    'full blown AIDS' (we just say AIDS these days) is diagnosed once an 'AIDS-defining illness' is acquired, not solely by CD4 count anymore.
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    Dec 14, 2010 7:11 PM GMT
    RowBuddy said
    GaGa4GaGa saidall of this is true....

    But the most common way to get HIV is from unprotected sex from my knowledge.. I see online you can get it via oral sex but the chances are very very low.. unless there was blood...

    His cd4 count was 140... which means it was very low and it's full blown AIDS


    right. I think that anything under 200 is considered "AIDS" (I could be wrong about the number) OR any combination of several infections at the same time.

    You can also have "AIDS" and then NOT have "AIDS" and rather just be "HIV+" and otherwise "healthy" for lack of a better term. Maybe "Living with HIV"? That is, IF the infections are eliminated and the patient's numbers are raised.

    I have heard of people who have slipped into full blown "AIDS" several times over their lifetime but then return to non-AIDS status.


    once an AIDS-defining illness has been acquired, that person is always considered to have AIDS no matter if their CD4 count recovers into the normal range... this is per CDC and routine medical guidelines. it, of course, doesn't mean that the person isn't healthier than they were when their CD4 count was very low.
  • FreakTheBeat

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    Dec 14, 2010 7:14 PM GMT
    RowBuddy said
    FreakTheBeat said
    RowBuddy said
    figures0108 said

    I think it shows up in testing after like 3-6 months so it must've been a while since his last test.


    It can show up even after 72 hours. The newer DNA/RNA tests can detect the virus in the blood stream a lot sooner. Not all the time, but a lot sooner than the regular antibody tests.


    NAAT Tests can def. detect the virus after 7 days! WOW!


    Yup. Once upon a time I had the unfortunate situation of having a cheating BF..... as soon as I found out I RAN to the DR and demanded the full barrage of tests. Uhg. NEVER again. I dont care how SAFE he claimed to be. I don't give a crap! NEXT!

    Men are PIGS.




    RIGHT ON!

    Me too!

    Cheating BF...claims he handn't cheated but i heard from the other dudes. Generally, he is nice and i' would've liked to trust him but after all that? hell no! Again, i dont care how safe.
    Hes dumb.
    & i got tested! For stds/hiv....all negative luckily!
    Never ever again.
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    Dec 14, 2010 7:39 PM GMT
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    lifecast2020 saidGuys... please, get tested and get tested often IF you are having sex!!

    Plain and simple.

    Man up.


    What he said. And depending on you test type keep getting tested for several months after you stop having sex (not that I suspect anyone ever really stops).


    Or avoid behaviors that require frequent testing in the first place. icon_neutral.gif
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    Dec 14, 2010 7:42 PM GMT
    I got tested in oct all negative
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    Dec 14, 2010 7:53 PM GMT
    i was reading aids isn't very easy to get .... Yeah obviously if you have unprotected anal sex your chances are extremely high with an hiv+ infected partner.. but really nowadays who would have unprotected sex with a random person even if they disclose their status to u... pos or neg still not going to have sex with you unprotected non-the-less even with protection..

    I started having sex with my boyfriend 5 months into the relationship..
    I remember when he first gave oral i was so freaked out thinking omg what if I contracted something.. But obviously i didn't.. I've had oral and gotten oral from not too many guys which is good... I got tested last year all neg.. and this year in oct all neg..... The whole convo of my EX-friend having HIV and my name being put into it kinda startled me up a bit and got me thinking OMG now HIV can be transmitted orally... My doc told me it can be if there's a cut,sore..etc..

    I've read on RJ the chances are NO but then again who knows! ... Do we really know someone who got HIV just from giving/receiving a bj? I don't...