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ARS - duration?

Dec 17, 2001

Hello Ryan, My question is regarding the Acute retroviral syndrome. Do the symptoms of ARS (fever,myalgia,rash,fatigue)etc. usually all come on together when ARS happens, or could there be weekly or monthly gaps between each individual symptom. I have experienced some of the symptoms over a three month period after a very low risk exposure, and am extremely worried, please help

Response from Mr. Kull

According to one source, symptoms related to acute HIV infection can last anywhere from 3 days to 10 weeks, but the usual duration of symptoms is less than 14 days (Schacker T, Collier AC, Hughes J, Shea T, Corey L. Clinical and epidemiologic features of primary HIV infection. Ann Intern Med 1996;125:257-64.)

The fact that you had "a very low risk exposure" makes it highly unlikely that your symptoms are related to HIV. However, you should always have ongoing, unexplainable symptoms checked out by a doctor.


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