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Hiv Antigen As Early As Weeks

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AIDS InfoNet

Acute HIV Infection

...HIV test that detects both antibodies to HIV and HIV proteins. This new test should produce results faster than a test for antibodies alone. Risk of Immune Damage Some people think that there's not much harm done in the early stages of HIV infection. They believe that any damage to their immune system will be cured by taking antiretroviral therapy (ART). This is not true! Up to 60% of infection-fighting "memory" CD4 cells (see Fact...
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Acute HIV Infection?

I was diagnosed with having Acute HIV infection in December. Which I understand means that HIV had very recently entered my system. My labs were very wacky. Started off with a ViralLoad of 300K plus and CD4 count of 1290. Within week or so my...
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
...Your CD4 decline is very consistent with acute HIV infection. All the decline though is within the normal range of CD4 counts (500-1500). It is likely once your immune system reaches Read more »

HIV tests at early stage

Dear doctor .which tests are the most important one to do to detect HIV at early stage ..and what is the name of the latest generation of viral load test.Thank you doctor for your response.
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
...Depends on what early is. Nothing is 100% reliable within the first 4 weeks of infection. DNA PCR and viral load tests become positive by 4 weeks. Read more »

P24negative - response

Dear Dr, I was interested in your response to the P24 negative question, I have been led to believe a similar type of senerio, whereby the P24 antigen is detectable in the early stages when virus is replicating and becomes harder to detect after...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your question and kind words.I think that your statement is correct-- I'm sure that there are always exceptions, but in general, one of the tests should be positive. -BY Read more »

Viral load test as HIV screening test

Dear Dr. Holodniy,Four weeks after a risky sexual exposure (unprotected oral sex), I experienced many of the symptoms associated with acute retroviral syndrome. These symptoms included a persistent sore throat, swollen glands, stiff neck, and night...
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
...Viral load tests have been shown to be positive within several days to a couple of weeks after exposure/infection. Antibody and western blot assays can be negative or indeterminate for a few weeks after infection. Read more »
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The Well Project

Diabetes and HIV/AIDS

...fatigue Symptoms typically occur when glucose levels have gotten very high. If you are diagnosed while diabetes is in its early stages, you may not have any symptoms. Glucose Tests Since there are not always obvious symptoms of diabetes,... Read more »
The Well Project

Bone Disease and HIV/AIDS

...pain might only occur when you put weight on the joint. In more severe cases the pain could be constant. An MRI scan can spot early stages. X-rays and other scans can detect advanced osteonecrosis. Diet and Healthy Bones Even though you... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

What Is AIDS?

...one or two weeks. Most people think it's the flu. Some people have no symptoms. Fact Sheet 103 has more information on the early stage of HIV infection. The virus will multiply in your body for a few weeks or even months before your immune... Read more »
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IRIS: A Concern for People Starting HIV Therapy

...populations more often or severely. What Does the Research Show? The research on predicting and diagnosing IRIS is still in its early stage, though more discovery releases new information every few months. Below is some recent study... Read more »
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4 th Generation Test

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...is only present the first weeks than the test will be positive for Antibodys. This test is only good in diagnosing HIV at a early stage but the antigens is only present 1-4 weeks after the exposure so IF you are negative after 12 Weeks with the... Read more »

question guys. Is Chronic Thrush a sign of early H

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...though they would not know if it was HIV. I don't know whats true, but can you guys let me know if chronic thrush is possible at early stage HIV with no other symptoms except possiblt a runny nose sometimes. Do the doctors really know? Thanks... Read more »

VDRL

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...result was negative for HIV and 1:16 ratio for VDRL. My doctor says this can be cured. My worry is that can HIV infection in early stage show +ve for VDRL test? Can someone help me. I'm now is week 5-6 Read more »

Are early tests beneficial?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...test at, say, 4, 6, & 8 weeks? By "benefit", I of course mean "will it catch antibodies if they have been developed at this early stage?" Alternately, if antibodies will NOT be developed at this early stage, that answer counts as well. ... Read more »