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1-how to treat running Nose, if its because of ARS?? can we treat it with common flu medicine ??
2-is this possible if someone is taking medicine for fever then he ll not get fever as ARS?
3- is this possible only running nose at 26th day and last 4 days, but its wasnt so worse, can be ARS, no fever, no rashes, no pain,
4- at 17th day i got very bad running nose i took medicine after 2 hour then again 2 hour then again 2 hour, next it goes away, and 26-31 day i got running nose again , i took medicine and for fever both, but there was no fever, what you think is this possible if i have to got fever cause of ARS but i used medicine so i didnt get,
5- what you think is this can be ARS?
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Anonymous
Hi there and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. My name is Colin and I'm happy to answer your questions today.

I see you have questions about Acute Retroviral Syndrome and whether the symptoms you've been experiencing are related to ARS. I hope the information I can provide is helpful for you.

While many people who have recently acquired HIV do experience strong flu-like symptoms during their seroconversion (also known as ARS), these symptoms are not specific to HIV and are common to many viral infections and more importantly are not experienced by everyone who acquires HIV. For these reasons, there are no symptoms which are used in the diagnosis in HIV; the only way to be sure of your status is to take an appropriate test at the right time.

Because we here at the Helpline are volunteers and not doctors, I cannot advise you on how to treat specific symptoms you've been experiencing. That said, no one likes feeling unwell and if you are continuing to feel sick, especially if you are concerned that it could be due to ARS, I would highly encourage you to see your doctor and explain your situation and take an HIV test if it is deemed necessary.

I hope the information I've been able to provide has been helpful. Please feel free to post again if you'd like any more information or clarification.

All the best,

Colin

AIDS Vancouver Helpline
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