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Acute Retroviral Syndrome The Body: Rick Sowadsky M.S.P.H., C.D.S, Answers to Safe Sex Questions
Feb 6, 1997

I recently found out a friend is HIV positive. He has not been sexually active for about two years( so he says ). He recently had flu like symptoms and decided to go to the doctor. Thats when he found out he had HIV. Lets say he is telling the truth about his sexual activity. Is it possible to have Acute Retroviral Syndrome two years after infection or does it occur only in the begining of HIV infection?

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

Hi. Thank you for your question.

Acute Viral Syndrome will occur within the first 4 to 6 weeks after infection. It will NOT occur two years later. His symptoms can be due to many things, both HIV/AIDS related and things unrelated to HIV. Of course, your friend may have had the flu itself, or another type of infection. However Acute Viral Syndrome is the body's initial response against infection, and does NOT occur months or years after infection.

For more information about the symptoms of HIV/AIDS, see the question, "Symptomatic Stage".

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide).



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