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Author Topic: Is it possible for fever to be the only ARS symptom?  (Read 7008 times)

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Offline Scared_Shytless

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Is it possible for fever to be the only ARS symptom?
« on: May 12, 2011, 02:26:20 PM »

I'm new here and I have looked through the threads and couldn't really find what I was looking for. 

I had a high risk exposure (unprotected anal sex) a little over 2 weeks ago.  3 days ago I started getting chills and I had a fever of 102.1.  I went to the ER that night and they gave me some tylenol and motrin to bring the fever down (it got down to 100.2).  They also took a flu test and it came back negative.  I haven't had any other symptoms aside from a really slight headache and cough.  The doctors in ER weren't able to say what I had because I didn't experience any other symtpoms.

3 days later, after alternating between Tylenol and Motrin, this fever still hasn't broke.  It continues to fluctuate between 100 and 102 now.... closer to 100 when I take the tylenol/motrin.  The weird part is that at night before I go to bed, my temp will go back down to normal.... 98.5.  It's like whatever I have goign on goes to bed when I do.

My questions I guess are:  Obviously I'm scared I may be going through ARS.... is this possible if high fever is the only symptom I'm experiencing?  Would a fever associated with ARS actually respond to Tylenol/Motrin and then go back up when the medicine has worn off?  And how in the world does it get down to 98.5 when I go to bed and back up to 102 when I wake up???? 

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Re: Is it possible for fever to be the only ARS symptom?
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2011, 04:07:44 PM »
Neither the presence nor the absence of symptoms will ever tell you anything accurately about your HIV status. And there is nothing HIV-specific about the symptoms which you are reporting. Only an HIV-speciific  test can give you the answer you are looking for. You can get a conclusive result at 13 weeks after the most recent risky incident.

If you were the insertive partner during unprotected intercourse the odds are better in your favor against transmission having orccured. Not no risk, but lower risk. And it was a single incident which is also in your favor.

You need to learn from this experience. You can have intercourse with anyone you want to and as often as you like. But you need to do it the safer way which means that the insertive partner must always be wearing a condom. No exceptions.

Good luck with your test.
Andy Velez

Offline Scared_Shytless

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Re: Is it possible for fever to be the only ARS symptom?
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2011, 07:25:56 PM »
Thanks Andy. And yes I was the insertive partner.

Today my fever got down to 99.3 (I assume with the help of the Tylenol) but has been steadily going back up... right now its at 100.0.  Do ARS fevers do this?  Do they even respond to any kind of medication?

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Re: Is it possible for fever to be the only ARS symptom?
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2011, 10:34:27 PM »
Your symptoms are not HIV-specific.

As the insertive partner your risk is lower than if you had been receptive. But lower risk is not the same as no risk so you need to stop have intercourse without using condoms.

Get tested at 13 weeks for a conclusive result. Hopefully it will be negative. You can test initially at 6 weeks. If you are negative at that point the likelihood is that you will continue to test negative.

Meanwhile if your symptoms persist you should discuss them with your doctor. We can't diagnose anything in this setting.

Good luck with your test(s).
Andy Velez


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