|Timing of headaches and other neurological effects
Dec 21, 1998
Dr. Holodniy, Thanks for all the great info you provide. In a HIV infected person, apart from headaches and fatigue which may occur acutely (2-8 weeks after infection) during ARS, typically how long does it take (months/years) before symptoms such as chronic headache, fatigue, aseptic meningitis, chronic meningitis are observed. Can these sometimes occur within one year of infection? If these symptoms occur within one year of a possible exposure should an antibody test be positive at that time?
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
Usually symptoms like you describe, that are not associated with ARS, are manifest years after infection. This takes place when there has been significant T cell decline. Some symptoms linger after ARS for several months. All of the people described with this are antibody positive. It would be very, very unusual to be negative for 6 months after exposure, then develop symptoms and become HIV antibody positive 6 months after that exposure. MH
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