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Can A Person Be Hiv Positive For Years And Have No Symptoms

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What Are the Symptoms of HIV and AIDS?

... When it comes to the symptoms of HIV/AIDS, there are three major points to keep in mind: There's a big difference between the symptoms of HIV and the symptoms of advanced HIV, also known as AIDS. It's what you do that puts you at risk for HIV -- not how you feel.
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Can she be positive

I am(57yrs) in Zimbabwe, got sick a few days ago, i went to the doctor and was told i am HIV positive, i have not been sexually active for 8yrs, is this even possible, also if i really am then i am in trouble because, there is no medication. What...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...technical or clerical error. If you are confirmed to be HIV positive, you need to see a physician who is experienced in treating HIV/AIDS. Medications are scarce in Zimbabwe, but international aid groups are making progress to increase the... Read more »

Symptom of HIV?

Dear Doctor, First let me thank you as a contributor to this site. Back in March of this year I tested positive for HIV and this website has been invaluable for assisting my understanding of this disease. Just recently in a Just for Women article...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
...Thank you for your question.Yeast infections caused by candida may be a symptom of HIV infection. While HIV uninfected people may get yeast infections (especially women with diabetes, on antibiotics, around menstruation, Read more »

Symptoms after 10 years

What are the sypmtoms of an HIV positive person, after 10 years? Is there nausea, depression, physical changes?
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
...Although those symptoms are all very nonspecific and can be seen in many diseases and other infections, they are common in HIV infection as well. Read more »

How soon do hiv symptoms appear?

I have read conflicting information on hiv symptoms. Do most people show the severe flu type symptoms (high fever, cold night sweats) after the initial infection? And how soon do they appear after initial infection? It seems that I have also heard...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...don't usually begin until literally years after infection. Before that time, a person can look and feel totally healthy with no symptoms at all. As for the specific symptoms of AIDS, there are no specific symptoms you could list.AIDS is actually... Read more »
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The Body

What Is HIV?

...attention to HIV in the early 1980s, when gay men in New York City and San Francisco began to die of a mysterious illness. The term "AIDS" -- which is what doctors call it when HIV disease becomes advanced -- wasn't coined until 1982, and the... Read more »
The Body

Coping With an HIV/AIDS Diagnosis

...just celebrate my life and beat it. That was my choice." Click here to read or listen to how other people disclosed their HIV status. D'Jaun Black Diagnosed in 2004 "Being HIV positive has been the greatest adventure I've ever... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

...their HIV disease. In addition, some of these people may unknowingly be transmitting HIV to other people. The San Francisco AIDS Foundation strongly encourages people who are at risk for HIV to be tested regularly. Whether or not to take the HIV... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Acute HIV Infection

...that this is probably not true. The Bottom Line It's not easy to identify people with acute HIV infection. Some people have no symptoms. If they have symptoms, several other diseases, like the flu, might be causing them. If you think you... Read more »
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for hiv- people with long lasting symptoms

Posted by Jambasher, 4 Replies
...this but still: There seem to be the rather frequent occasion of people suffering from long lasting symptoms, many related to HIV and still repetitively testing negative. Especially with people complaining of Parasthesias other mild... Read more »

symptoms of hiv+ve and precautions to be taken

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...I want to know the sypmotms of a hiv + woman,My girl freind was tested hiv + but i doubt bcause she looks healtly and had a fever 12 months back there is no change Read more »

believe your symptoms not your HIV test

Posted by Anonymous, 14 Replies
read this: http://www.thebody.com/apla/aug99/kimberly.html Read more »

I've had EVERY symptom related to HIV so depressed

Posted by Anonymous, 21 Replies
...the past year and I'm hoping to God that it's something else because i'm scared to death to get tested to find out that I'm HIV positive. I've had white tongue, swollen lymph nodes in my throat, diarrhea, abnormal abdominal problems, night... Read more »