Did HIV cause my viral encephalitis?
Dec 30, 2012
I was digonsed in aug of this yr with hiv,i was in the hospital because of a viral encephalitis,c.c.u for 4 days coma for 2 days,my cd4 count was 325 vl 48000.One doctor said i was recently infected within 6 months,my follow up doctor said ive been infected for almost 4 yrs.Who,should i believe,both are credted infectious diesase doctors?my finally diognoses as i left the hospital was,viral encephalitis,ams,ocd,depression and hiv. positive.
Response from Dr. Holodniy
Timing of infection is difficult, particularly when there are no previous negative tests to calibrate timing. Although acute HIV infection can sometimes be accompanied by meningitis, encephalitis would be rare. It is much more likely that another virus caused this syndrome (there are many possibilities), given that it occurred in summer time, and is likely to be true-true and unrelated to HIV infection.
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