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Antibiotics worked on HIV like symptoms

Apr 11, 2002

I had pharyngitis, diarrohea and fever 5 weeks after a sexual encounter. I was prescribed antibiotics and i started feeling well within 5 days of my medicine course. I am keen on knowing whether Hiv like symptoms may be treated with antibiotics or such symptoms persist with out any result on taking antibiotics? Please reply.

Response from Mr. Kull

Antibiotics treat bacterial infections. HIV is a viral infection. If your symptoms resolved as a result of antibiotic treatment, the symptoms should not be related to HIV infection.

Do not attempt to determine your HIV status based on symptoms alone. Only under very specific circumstances (recent exposure to an HIV infected person or a person known to be significant risk, ie men who have sex with men, injection drug user, region where HIV is endemic) should HIV be considered in light of symptoms.


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