|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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