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intitial infection
May 5, 2002

If the intial response to hiv infection was a very severe flu like state(horrible rash,high fever,etc. does that indicate a stronger more potetially deadly strain.?Also if somone is developing resistance to current regime,would a light sore throat and headache present?

Response from Dr. Young

To my knowledge, there is no basis to believe that the severity of initial infection correlates with the severity of disease progression or development.

Resistance to a current treatment regimen is best assessed by doing lab testing (viral load and susceptibility testing). If one is experiencing rebound in viral load, it might be reasonable to expect some symptoms. However, mild sore throat and headaches can be caused by a wide variety of things, most mild and not related to HIV drug resistance.

I'd recommend talking to your health care provider about these questions. BY



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