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How conclusive is HIV RNA test at 23 day mark? Have to wait with anxiety till I get test again. ARS at 6 weeks freaking me out. Thanks in adv

How conclusive is HIV RNA test at 23 day mark? Have to wait with anxiety till I get test again. ARS at 6 weeks freaking me out. Thanks in adv

Nearly 100%: Welcome to HealthTap. You can relax. Virtually all persons with HIV have positive RNA or DNA tests by 23 days. You don't need to wait 6 wk for final testing. Ask your doctor or clinic about a DUO or "4th generation" test, for which the result is conclusive 4 weeks or more after exposure. I might have more advice if you'd like to say more about your exposure and any symptoms you may have. ...Read more

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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Is it possible to have HIV ars symptoms after 6 weeks of exposure? How conclusive is HIV RNA and combo at 23.5 days? Acute anxiety, please help!!!

Is it possible to have HIV ars symptoms after 6 weeks of exposure? How conclusive is HIV RNA and combo at 23.5 days? Acute anxiety, please help!!!

Be tested!: It's pretty clear that you need to be tested. Also, you need to prevent exposure - safe sex is the only kind of sex that makes sense for so many reasons. While being tested, ask your questions and learn how to take care of yourself. Life will be less anxiety provoking when you do. ...Read more

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What are some signs confused with HIV ars and anxiety? I have had white tongue which oral surg. Says is not yeast, feeling something stuck in throat.

What are some signs confused with HIV ars and anxiety? I have had white tongue which oral surg. Says is not yeast, feeling something stuck in throat.

Not exactly sure: What info you are asking for. I will provide some anxiety sxs: feeling nervous or irritable, muscle tension (especially in neck, shoulders ; back), poor quality or minimal sleep, lack of concentration ; easy fatiguability. Lump in throat or butterfly in stomach sensation can occur. Do any of these fit? ...Read more

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In the 20% of those who don't know they have hiv, is it because they don't get symptoms of early hiv/ars or because they don't associate them with hiv?

In the 20% of those who don't know they have hiv, is it because they don't get symptoms of early hiv/ars or because they don't associate them with hiv?

Both: Both...but many people (up to 70%) who do not get symptoms at sero-conversiom can go until very late in the disease with little to no issues and then present at end stage with issues. ...Read more

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Does HIV ars occur after 4 days of unsafe sex?

Does HIV ars occur after 4 days of unsafe sex?

HIV is Hard To Get: Hiv infection occurs from exposure to blood or bodily fluids through drug use that requires the sharing of needles or through sexual behavior. There are a couple of other rare or uncommon ways to get hiv. Hiv infection can be prevented in many cases. This prevention process has to be started within 72 hours of exposure. Most people who get infected with HIV do not have any symptoms early on. ...Read more

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What is the fever temperature range in acute retroviral syndrome?

What is the fever temperature range in acute retroviral syndrome?

See reference : Acute retroviral syndrome immunopaedia.Org.Za/index.Php?Id=475 acute retroviral syndrome is the effect of an immune response to a primary infection of hiv-1 or hiv-2. This acute phase of infection lasts for as long as the immune ... ...Read more

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How HIV rash will look like? And after exposure how long will it take for ARS symptoms.

How HIV rash will look like? And after exposure how long will it take for ARS symptoms.

See below: ARS symptoms are variable in scope and timing. It is best to get tested if you have any doubt about being infected. Consult this site for image of HIV rash. https://images.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search;_ylt=A86.J3bK.AlV.0sAFConnIlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTB0MzkwOG5yBHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2dxMQR2dGlkA1lIUzAwNF8x?_adv_prop=image&fr=yhs-mozilla-001&va=hiv+rash+pictures+symptoms&hspart=mozilla&hsimp=yhs-001 ...Read more

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What is muscular ache in acute retroviral syndrome?

Please see reference: Acute retroviral syndrome immunopaedia.Org.Za/index.Php?Id=475 acute retroviral syndrome is the effect of an immune response to a primary infection of hiv-1 or hiv-2. This acute phase of infection lasts for as long as the immune ... ...Read more

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Docs, could a HIV positive person get acute retroviral syndrome upon reinfection?

Docs, could a HIV positive person get acute retroviral syndrome upon reinfection?

Yes, theoretically: Yes, it is theoretically possible that someone could get acute retroviral syndrome upon reinfection with another strain of HIV. First of all, reinfection is very, very rare but not impossible. However, reinfection with a second strain (perhaps more powerful than the original strain) theoretically could cause an acute retroviral syndrome as it is a completely new infection altogether. ...Read more

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Is mild sneezing a sign of early HIV or ars?

Is mild sneezing a sign of early HIV or ars?

Are you at risk?: Perhaps you have engaged recently in risky behavior and are concerned about your risk of contracting hiv. If that is true, get yourself tested regularly, regardless of symptoms. Acute HIV can present as a flu-like illness, but it may also go unnoticed. Protect yourself. ...Read more

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Hi Doctor, have you ever seen HIV ars symptoms around 6th week?

Hi Doctor, have you ever seen HIV ars symptoms around 6th week?

No: ARS symptoms typically start 10-20 days after acquiring HIV. To my knowledge it never takes as long as 6 wk. And don't I recall your username, previously assured that your negative tests show you weren't infected? HIV test results always overrule exposure history and symptoms. Apologies if I'm wrong. In that case, feel free to post a new question with more detail so I can give a helpful response. ...Read more

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Is very mild fever just after 3-4 days of post exposure sign of HIV ars ?

Is very mild fever just after 3-4 days of post exposure sign of HIV ars ?

Possibly: An acute HIV infection can present with no symptoms or commonly fever, weakness sore throat and cough soon after exposure. HIV may take months to progress to AIDS. ...Read more

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Can lymph nodes be swollen more than one month in case of HIV ARS ? Other symptoms gone after 6 weeks. If lymph nodes are still swollen so no HIV ?

Not necessarily: The sings and symptoms of HIV vary a lot between people. The only way to know is to get tested. Do not put off getting tested, as treatments now are quite effective in controlling the disease. ...Read more

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Do HIV ars start day x symp1, day x+1 symp2..Or all at once ? Does it cause only one lymp node in one arm and then other arm + other symp? Pls help!

Not HIV: Friend, this isn't how HIV presents. If you've been exposed recently, and it causes symptoms (and it may not), it will seem to be a really bad case of "the flu". It's not subtle. If you are concerned that you may have met HIV, get tested. You won't be able to relax until you've done so. Be brave. But one node here, one node there, come-and-go is normal life. ...Read more

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I am just wondering when do you get ars after hiv infection had oral sex on March 13 went down on a guy and got sick with a cold June 12 am I ok ?

I am just wondering when do you get ars after hiv infection had oral sex on March 13 went down on a guy and got sick with a cold June 12 am I ok ?

Rare and too late: HIV is very rarely transmitted by oral sex, and unlikely your partner had HIV if not bi or IV drug user. ARS always shows up within 14 days, so your symptoms are too late. ARS can cause sore throat, but usually not other cold symptoms like congestion or cough. All sexually active people need HIV testing from time to time, so maybe do it now when on your mind. But not because of this event. ...Read more

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I am just wondering when do you get ars after hiv infection had oral sex on March 13 went down on a guy and got sick with a cold June 12 am I at risk?

Get tested.: You are at risk and should get tested. Get an HIV nucleic acid test. If the result is negative, repeat it in 6 months, if negative then, it will rule out HIV infections. God forbid you turn out to have infection, proper treatment, started early can keep the infection in check. ...Read more

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HIV 1&2 P24 combo 13th day.index value 0.1&non-reactive. Oral Candiasis(tongue) on14th day.Is this ARS ?No other symptoms so far.How reliable is test?

Very reassuring: I think this is a duplicate question, same answers. Oral candida is not likely (not the same as white coated tongue). But even if candida, it is too soon for it to be from an HIV infection caught only 2 weeks previously, and is never the only sign of ARS. Your test is about 90% conclusive that you don't have HIV. Have another combo test at 4 weeks to be certain, but in meantime really no worries. ...Read more

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I am just wondering when do you get ars after hiv infection I had oral sex March 13 went down on a guy and got sick with a cold June 12 am I at risk. ?

I am just wondering when do you get ars after hiv infection I had oral sex March 13 went down on a guy and got sick with a cold June 12 am I at risk. ?

Get tested: You are at risk and should get tested. Get an HIV nucleic acid test. If the result is negative, repeat it in 6 months, if negative then, it will rule out HIV infections. God forbid you turn out to have infection, proper treatment, started early can keep the infection in check. ...Read more

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Does Acute HIV-ARS have coming and going type of itchy rash for a week?

Does Acute HIV-ARS have coming and going type of itchy rash for a week?

No: This doesn't sound at all like the rash of ARS. HIV/ARS rash typically is red spots, mostly on the trunk, arms and legs; doesn't itch; and never occurs alone -- only with other symptoms of ARS like fever, sore throat, inflamed lymph nodes, etc. ...Read more