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Is muscle pain a symptom of HIV ? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 02-Mar-2014
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User:I had a risky exposure about 5 weeks ago. it was unprotected and it was with a female. i'm a 22 year old male and i had unprotected vaginal and anal sex with her. she told me she was 38. i've had no symptoms so far but a couple of days ago i started to have some muscle pain. i'm not sure if stress and anxiety can cause this but its very mild. i can easily go through my day and even go to the gym and lift heavy weight.
Doctor:Dr XXXXXXX here
User:hows your day going doc?
Doctor:Very well, Thanks
Doctor:I have gone through your post
Doctor:How can I help you ?
Doctor:Are you there ?
User:i was just wondering how bad are joint/muscle pain would hurt?
User:is it mild or painful?
User:with hiv ars
Doctor:HIV ars presents a milder form of pain
Doctor:especially myalgia
User:can one have joint and muscle pain without any other ars symptoms?
User:i have no fever, no sore throat, no rash
User:just very mild pain that comes a goes
Doctor:Fever is an essential feature
User:so a fever would likely be present with my muscle/joint pain if i was experiencing ars?
User:can stress and anxiety about having hiv cause muscle/joint pain?
Doctor:Yes, stress of any type can cause myalgia and fatigue
User:ok sweet. really helped me out here doctor. was starting to freak out a little but you calmed my nerves.
Doctor:You are welcome
User:one more thing
Doctor:Is there anything I can help you with ?
Doctor:yes, please proceed
User:i have been reading a lot about hiv and i was just wondering, in your professional opinion. what is the percentage of people who experience ars hiv? I've heard its 50%-90% but every site i go to says differently
Doctor:I would say around 75% experience ARS symptoms
Doctor:most of them have milder symptoms which usually go unnoticed
User:and just having muscle/joint pain isn't one? i would most likely have a list of things going on?
User:ok sweet. thanks doc. have a good day!
Doctor:You too
Doctor:Take care
Doctor:Bye for now
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