Anonymous
Hello AIDS Vancouver Team.

First of all I want to thank Marta for her help last time, you're doing a great job for people you don't even know and for that I want to thank you.

P.S: Today is the last day of my late PEP(started it 5days post exposure)

1)I just want to know if the hiv ars symptoms are on and off when you are seroconverting?(i.e Join and muscle pain) 2)Can a swollen lymph node(right side) be the result of the hiv ars? 3)I have a small toothache especially on the same side with swollen node, what do you think about this? 4)Can a pain in the ears be linked to the hiv ars? 5)I've read on the internet that the ars fever is always high(>38 C), what do you say you?Thank you for your answers
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Anonymous
Hi,

Thanks for contacting AIDS Vancouver Helpline. I will try and answer your questions as best I can.

I am unsure why you started your PEP treatment 5 days post exposure when the treatment is given no later than 72 hours post exposure. HIV symptoms can usually mirror other viral infections or can be explained by other things, testing is the only way to know for sure .

The World Health Organization considers all tests conclusive at 3 months, however since you are on PEP it would then take 6 months post exposure and 3 months post last PEP treatment. There are many tests out there, you could take the 3rd Generation (ELISA) or the Rapid Tests. The Rapid Test can get results within seconds.

For further information please check out our website at http://www.aidsvancouver.com[www.aidsvancouver.org](www.aidsvancouver.org).

Best Wishes,

Renee

Vancouver AIDS Volunteer



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