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Hi, these are my problems...1-fever, 2-diarrhea, 3-rash, 4-white coat on the back of my tongue, 5- jointache, 6-headache, 7-lymphnodes on the neck. I've been having these problems since june 2010. Now except for hives and jointache, the other problems have left lasting a month or two. My exposure was unprotected sex. I was tested for hiv twice and for other std also. My first hiv test was done on july 12th 2010 ( combaids test ) which came out nonreactive. The second test was done on august 2nd 2010 thats when i started  having the jointache under my shoulder and elbow. Ive been on citrizine meb to avoid itching eversince i started having hives. Jointache has reduced a lot but it comes and goes. Here's the describtion of my rash, it comes mostly on my hands and legs. it's like red small spots, some bumby and on my legs it comes out like goosebumps in circles. my palms and soles are always sore, peeling and itchy too. Now what i want to know is about the four stages of hiv. how are they different from each other? If i have hiv, would it not be wrong to take my problem as ars now cause its lasting almost a year? has any hiv positive person faced like me? i read in a local newspaper today that scientist are coming out with a new vaccine for hiv. So does anyone know if its true? lastly sorry for my bad english...than you all!
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When was your last unprotected intercourse you've doubt about?
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hi ok, how r u? on the month of may 2010 i  contracted gonorrhea and my last sexual encounter was on june first week. i was self medicating for gonorrhea that time and for about three months i took antibiotics. i thought the symptoms were causing due to medication but i dont think thats side effects. i'm still facing the rash problem and recurrence of underarm ache. i think im infected but i dont want to go for test anymore. im scared!
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A negative HIV test result at 3 months post-exposure would be conclusive and you've tested a little bit too early. HIV is indiagnoseable by symptoms alone so I suggest you go get tested now with an HIV antibody test.

Even if in fact you've got HIV from that (which seems pretty unlikely given your symptoms and their duration), you can get medication earlier and enjoy a more "normal" lifespan by preventing it from progressing into AIDS. Remember, testing FINDS OUT whether the tested has HIV, not GIVES HIV.

And please be careful when looking for HIV stuffs on the net, there's quite a lot of misinformation out there, be it outdated, falsified, and/or exaggerated info.
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Even if in fact you've got HIV from that (which seems pretty unlikely given your symptoms and their duration) you mean you dont believe what im going through is hiv related??
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i have no doubt i have it. anyway ricky thank u so mch for your suggestions.
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You'll know whether you have it with an appropriate HIV test. If HIV is diagnosed by symptoms alone then most people on earth have HIV, that simple.
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How long does it take for hiv to turn into aids? does an hiv infected person always feel sick?
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It could take more than 20 years for HIV to turn into AIDS. HIV infected persons do not always feel sick, those who are on treatment might not feel sick at all. During primary stage of infection (2-4 weeks post-exposure) some people show symptoms, but they go away in 1-2 weeks and there comes a stage where they don't feel sick at all for soooooooo many years.
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The only way to know your status is by testing. Your three month post exposure testing will be conclusive
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they really go away in 1-2 weeks time? How can you be so sure..? does chronic rash(hives) not a symptom of hiv? if its related then its possible for someone to experience symptoms for years too, dont you think so? i have read that chronic rash is also caused by viral infections. I have been having itchy hives for almost a year and recurring mild joint ache underarm/elbow. If hiv symptoms really disappear within 1-2 weeks time than could you say what im facing are not hiv related?
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do i really have to fallow the three months window period? what do you say about my two neg test i took within two months? i did the test when i was having the rashes and joint ache.Is it not true that antibodies could be detected that time?
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1563685 tn?1310402354
Very reassuring result, but the negative result at 3 months post-exposure will be conclusive.
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not very satisfied by your answer but guess thats all it matters in the end a test at 3 months! anyway i just want to ask one more question. whenever i apply pressure on my skin with an object, the mark portion caused by it gets itchy and bumps form.  is it anything related to hiv or not? i have given up taking citirizine also. for three days i went crazy itching all over but amazingly i feel much better after i quit the med. my itch seem to slowly disappear although i get the bumpy rash a little bit even now. could it be possible that citirizine is the cause of my rash?
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1563685 tn?1310402354
Not typical symptom of HIV seroconversion since it itches, but whether it's caused by HIV will be known at your test result at 3 months post-exposure. Any negative result will be conclusive and rule out the symptoms.
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I read in the local news paper that researchers have found a new vaccine for hiv. i want to know if anyone knows about it too?
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1563685 tn?1310402354
Antique headlines... And they all end up medically unproven so don't take such news seriously unless a government health body has approved such.
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