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Approximate Timeline of Testing and Symptoms for HIV/AIDS

October 1997

(These times are approximate and may vary greatly from person to person!)
NOT Drawn to Scale!



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Key:

AVS = Acute Viral Syndrome
A = Antigen test
PCR = Polymerase Chain Reaction test
[----] = Appears for a limited time only
--> = May continue for long periods of time
* =These tests may NOT always show a positive result in an infected person! Therefore, these tests should NOT be used for the diagnosis of HIV in routine testing of adults.
** = Symptoms may not always be present, and the severity of symptoms may vary greatly from person to person. The average time that the symptoms of full-blown AIDS begins is 10 years.


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Until next time . . . Work hard, play hard, play safe, stay sober!




This article was provided by Rick Sowadsky, M.S.P.H..
 
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