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Jul 27, 2007

Can HIV-related hand or leg neuropathy happen at any stage of infection regardless of the CD4 count in someone who has not yet been on medications? I believe I was infected 2 to 3 years ago. I am going for testing but have already developed burning and tingling in my hands. Please answer, I am worried I have already gone from HIV to AIDS.

Response from Dr. Conway

This certainly does not mean you have gone on to AIDS. There are many causes of the symptoms that you describe that have nothing to do with HIV infection, so I would keep an open mind until all of the tests have been done. Even if it does turn out to eb peripheral neuropathy with no other cause identified other than HIV, many effective treatments are available to address your symptoms.

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