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Dec 31, 1998

Typically, how soon after infection with HIV does fatigue become a problem? Can it occur within the first year? Thanks!

Response from Mr. Molaghan

Hello Typically, fatigue related to HIV disease occurs later in the course of disease as the immune system becomes weaker and the onset of infections or metabolic abnormalities occur. Certainly, fatigue can occur during the first year especially since many people experience acute illness shortly after infection that can include severe fatigue, fevers, rash, diarrhea, night sweats and weight loss among other symptoms. This acute seroconversion state may last several weeks. Sometimes fatigue occurs as a side effect of some medications used to treat HIV. Depression can occur anytime in during the course of infection, and may also result in fatigue

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