May 26, 2003
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?
| Response from Dr. Young
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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