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Timeline From Infection To Diagnosis For HIV

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The Stages of HIV Disease

HIV Is a Continuum Infection Primary Infection (or Acute Infection) Seroconversion The Asymptomatic Stage Early- and Medium-Stage HIV Symptomatic Disease Late-Stage HIV Disease (AIDS) HIV Is a Continuum Most of us are used to thinking of disease in very simple terms: if you feel sick, you are sick; if you feel healthy, you are healthy. However, because HIV may begin causing subtle changes in the immune system long before an infected...
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HTLV-I Testing and Symptoms Timeline

I am confused concerning timelines. I understand that standard practice is HIV testing at 3 and 6 months and that possible no symptoms may be experienced (after possible ARS) for many years. I am howver confused on HTLV-1 as I read at this site...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Thank you for your question. The following is a GENERAL review comparing when tests will detect infection with Human T-Lymphotropic Virus Type 1 (HTLV-I) infection, and when symptoms from this virus generally appear. HTLV-I is a different virus... Read more »

HIV timeline

I have a question. I contracted HIV from my ex husband. We were married for 7 years. I did not find out I had HIV until six months after we divorced. He passed away that same year from Lymphoma. He never took meds. Does this mean that I will get...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Unlikely that you will get lymphoma. Lymphoma would not occur as a result of you getting HIV infection from someone who was HIV infected and had lymphoma. It usually has to do with someone's underlying immune system suppression as a result of... Read more »

HIV Timeline

Hi, after the inital stage of HIV (Primary), i have read that the next stage no symptoms appear for about on average 10 years (Latency stage i think?). Can this stage normally be shorter eg 5 years? During this period, would milder symptoms be...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for posting.There is a very large range of timelines for HIV infection. The clinically latent, asymptomatic phase (after acute retroviral syndrome or acute HIV infection) can range from months to years. Yes, during this phase... Read more »

Hiv timeline

I had a high risk encounter with a sex worker 3 years ago.But now im am worried i might be infected. I am in perfect health these 3 years; no shingles,weight loss..Am i safe or just that the symptoms hadn't come out?Do i need to get tested?...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
You can't determine your status based on the absence of symptoms. It's a good sign, but is in no way reliable. The average time it takes for a person to develop AIDS-related symptoms is about 10 years. Your best bet is to have an HIV... Read more »
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Timeline Question

Posted by Blixer, 2 Replies
I was just informed of a positive HIV test result this past Monday. I'm scheduled for a followup visit with an HIV specialist next Tuesday. In the meantime I'm wondering when I was infected and how long it has been. What led me to be tested was a... Read more »

disease progression timeline?

Posted by suspicious, 1 Reply
my husband was diganosed and his cd4 count was 85, cannot remember the viral load. 3 years ago before we got married he said he was tested and it was negative, i did not actually see test results...& i know that was where i went wrong. he did... Read more »

Curious about timelines

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
It seems I've visited every hiv testing/information site. I am quite confused by the timeline recommendations regarding testing. Some sites say 6 weeks, some 12 weeks and some even say 6 months to a year. What is the most accurate timeframe? I... Read more »

Timeline of Testing

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I tested for HIV at 24 weeks after exposure and I was negative. Should I test after 26 weeks just to play it safe, since technically 26 weeks is six months. Has anyone ever tested negative at 24 weeks and poz later? Read more »