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acute hiv
May 26, 2003

doctor,

could you please define "acute hiv infection". for some reason i'm confused by this term. if you have a high cd4 count and a low viral load, can you be termed as an acute hive infection?

dave

Response from Dr. Young

Acute HIV infection is not defined by either CD4 count, nor viral load level.

Acute HIV infection refers to that period shortly after initial exposure to the virus, where the antibody tests are either negative or indeterminate, but there is a positive test (usually viral load, but p24 antigen tests have been used in the past) that detects the presence of HIV.

This period usually lasts about 12 weeks, roughly speaking. -BY



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