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Time frame from exposure to AIDS

Nov 1, 2004

My Husband was diagnosed with AIDS a year ago last August. His T-Cell count was 37 and he had a lesion on the brain. In your opinion, how long ago would you guess it was that he contracted the HIV virus. We do not have a clue as to where he contracted the HIV virus. I thought that maybe when he had Knee surgery in Mexico about 13 years ago. Or Dental work done here in the US about 7 years ago. Anyway, just wondering if you would have an educated guess as to when he could have contracted it seeing how when he was diagnosed his T-cell count was only 37 and he had full blown AIDS. Thank you for any help or advice.

Response from Dr. Horwath

On average, it takes ten years to go from the time of initial infection to the development of illness or severe immune impairment (like T-cell count of 37). This is only an average. Some people require longer, and others require less time.

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