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When is the most infectios time for person with HIV?

Feb 19, 2005

Dr. Bob,

If a man contracted HIV and experienced ARS symptoms at 4 weeks after high risk exposure, how infectious would he have been within week one of exposure? In other words, would he be able to infect someone before he experienced the ARS symptoms?

Response from Dr. Frascino


Can someone be infectious before they experience ARS symptoms? Absolutely! Viral loads are highest shortly after infection, before the immune response kicks in, and very late in the course of the disease, when the immune system becomes very deficient.

Hope that helps clarify things a bit.

Dr. Bob

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