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Hiv Early Days

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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...
Ask the Experts

"HIV Carrier"

Im Directing a play about HIV, however it was written in the late 80's. The characters talk about being HIV carriers, but not having the disease themself. How is this possible? Did we use to think people could simply carry the virus?
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,Yes, there were many misconceptions about HIV/AIDS in the early days of the epidemic. For a perspective of that time, try reading Randy Shilts's book, "And the Band Played On" Read more »

HIV subtypes and testing

Hey Doc! I had a possible exposure in Thailand and 2.5 weeks later I got tested via PCR DNA in the US. I read a study published in a medical journal (2001) that subtype E (A/E) sensitivity was as low as 70% (whereas B was 100%). "E" would have been...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...viral loads. It does not occur weeks or months after the initial infection. PCR tests are not appropriate screening test for HIV. The most appropriate screening tests are the HIV antibody tests. The modern versions of the ELISA test can detect... Read more »

help me please!

iv had unprotected sex with my current boyfriend and i noticed a rash on his chest and back. the back was dry, flaky and itchy but the front seems 2 be a scarred rash. a few days after we had unprotected sex i had an over night fever and an over...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...This particular Body forum is exclusively for discussion of side effects of HIV treatment (antiretroviral therapy). Read more »

fatty lump/hump

Good dayI have been on hiv meds since 2000, last year a small hump started to show on by back very close to my neckline. within the year it has grown slowly but surely, now there is no disctinction between it and the back of my neckmy dr seems to...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...You could be desribing the early stages of a buffalo hump-which HIV medications are you taking and what was and is your CD4 count and age? What other health problems Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Minnesota: Early Testing Urged on Latino AIDS Awareness Day

... On Thursday, Minnesota joins the rest of the nation in marking National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD). Since 1982, 610 Latinos have been diagnosed with HIV in Minnesota, including 129 who have died, according Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

AIDS Is "Forgotten Epidemic," Koop Says

... The surgeon general who confronted Americans with frank talk about HIV in the early days of the AIDS epidemic now delivers a different but no less urgent message. "Simply put, HIV is no longer on Read more »
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

HIV/AIDS Update --Take the Test / Take Control: National HIV Testing Day

...control. Knowing that you are not infected helps to make better decisions about risks and behaviors. Knowing HIV status at an early stage of infection allows people who have the virus to receive appropriate monitoring, treatment, and... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

New Experimental Drug Blocks HIV Infection Early, Scientists Report

... "Scientists are reporting early but promising results from a new drug that blocks HIV as it attempts to invade human cells," HealthDay News/ U.S. News & World Report . "The approach differs from most current antiretroviral Read more »
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Anybody here knows the window period for HTLV?

Posted by roma2010, 1 Reply
...with HIV) and the brain demyelination which i have as my MRI results show, both of the symptoms can happen with HTLV at a very early stage of the infection even a few weeks after you get infected and that's exactly how it happened to me so im... Read more »

Im Worried That im Infected With Something

Posted by Jaypoc0, 1 Reply
...its a little white. as i said before im a BIG hypocondract. and i worrie about every health issue. i was wondering if i had an early stage of HIV. all this has recently appeared about 3-5 days ago. And I had Sexual Intercourse with my new partner... Read more »

WHO (World Health Organization) Window Period

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
... Window period What is the "window-period" and how long is it? This is the time between original infection with HIV and the appearance of Detectable antibodies to the... Read more »

tested after 17 days

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...and got on anitbiotics to clear it up. I just had a blood test at 17 days for other STDs and it came back negitive. I know HIV results are generally unsignificant until 12 weeks. Can I take any comfort in these results or is it way too early... Read more »