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Re: Brief HIV question
Feb 13, 2006

Dr. Conway, Thank you for your response. In your experience, what would you consider a more favorable reaction in terms of future progression and virus managment, to the initial infection? Severe ARS, moderate ARS, or no ARS at all?

Response from Dr. Conway

Information that was initially published in 1994 suggests that more severe acute infection may lead to a more accelerated course of disease (BMJ 1994;309:1535-1537, 10 December). In this situation, the initial viral load may be higher and the initial CD4 count lower. In such individuals, it may well be that considering treatment during this acute phase (if only for a year or so) may be helpful to help achieve a setpoint that will be more favorable and associated with less rapid disease progression.

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