Jan 27, 2003
Are night sweats mainlt caused by an infection brouth on by HIV on the body (like PCP pneumonia) or are they a manifestion of the HIV virus itself and/or your body fight the virus?
How common are the night sweats in the first few years of HIV (say 1-4 years)?
Response from Dr. Boyle
Night sweats can be an indication of infection or other condition (e.g., cancer), but can also occur without any clear reason in some HIV-infected patients. Any patient who has night sweats should be evlauated by their doctor, especially if they have low T cells. Night sweats can occur during the acute retroviral syndrome, but other than that they are uncommon during early HIV infection.
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