Oct 28, 2002
Thank-you for the great service you provide for people like myself. I cannot begin to explain how greatful we all are to you and your collegues on this website. The info. you provide to us all help us better understand this killer of a virus. The question I have for you is, how common are night sweats within the first 1-3 years after possible infection? I have read many times on the internet that they are most common in the seroconversion phase of the illness (1-6 weeks) and later in the ARC-symptomatic phase, do you agree? If so what percennatge () of the HIV+ population experience them within 1-2 1/2 years after possible infection? What may the intervals be..nightly..every other night..acouple of times a week? My friend of mine has been HIV+ for about 2 years and suffers from profuse night sweats. He is on medication and I am wondering if any of the drugs can cause the night sweats? I suspect that I am HIV+ also but to scared to test. I have been extremely stressed and anxious about this over the last 7 months. I got night sweats for the first time 6 1/2 months, twice in that week. This week, Saturday, Sunday and yesterday I have had night sweats and don't know what to make of it. Assuming I am +, is this common or can it be due to the stress and anxiety? I realize this may sound like a worried well question to you but I am really scared.
Response from Dr. Wohl
Night sweats can occur during any stage of HIV infection but their presence, frequency and severity is very variable and differs from individual to individual - so using sweats as an indicator of whether you are infected or not is problematic.
You really do need to be tested. As you know from reading the postings on this site, there are very effective treatments for HIV infection and their opportunities for success are best when started early.
Regardless of the result, it will be a relief to finally know where you stand. Not knowing can be extremely stressful and damaging to your mind and body. Get help, get tested. DW
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