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May 25, 2006

WHICH IS THE ACUTE AND THE CRONIC PHASES?

Response from Dr. Young

This one's pretty easy:

Acute phase HIV disease usually refers to that period of time prior to seroconversion (or HIV+ antibody tests). Other synonyms for acute phase are acute retroviral syndrome or primary HIV infection (PHI).

Chronic phase is everything else-- when the antibody tests are fully positive--

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