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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. Your mind is a powerful thing. 1.There's a big difference between the symptoms of HIV and the symptoms of advanced HIV, also known as AIDS. HIV is a virus that attacks...
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Hives every day--- symptom of initial infection?

Hi,I had an occupational exposure with hiv-unknown blood in early september, and finished a 28-day course of PEP on the 30th. about a week and a half after that, i started getting hives. at first it was one or two at a time that i thought were...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Generally speaking, hives or urticarial eruptions are not all that common in HIV acute retroviral syndrome (ARS). I'd recommend seeing an allergist or dermatologist for further evaluation.Good luck.Dr. Bob... Read more »

can initial infection be determined by first lab results?

Hello, my first labs results were CD4-750 and VL-1000. Does the low viral load and high cd4 count mean I had just been infected? Thank you....
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hi and thanks for posting.It's basically impossible to determine when you were infected by just using a CD4 count and viral load test. People who are acutely infected can be detected by either using a detuned antibody test or by having a... Read more »

Initial Lab Results

Infected in Dec 2008. Tested positive in Feb 2009 following typical flu-like symptoms, fatigue, rash, etc. My first lab results are CD4 550 and viral load 406,000. The high viral load concerns me. Is it typical for the VL to be elevated after...
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
Given your time line, this does appear to be acute infection. The HIV viral load can be extremely high during this time. In most people, the viral load will decrease to some lower threshold within about 3-6 months after acute infection. You will... Read more »

initial symptoms

Hi Dr I sent a message back a few days ago (unprotected vaginal sex with a hiv positive person) but then realised you had been asked the same question before and you mentioned estimated odds of transmission of 5 in 10000, just a quick question i...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Fasciculations ("muscle twitches") are not commonly seen during HIV Acute Retroviral Syndrome (ARS). As I have mentioned frequently in this forum, "symptoms" are unreliable in predicting who is and is not HIV infected. If... Read more »
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INITIAL SYMPTOMS PLEASE HELP ME

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I RECENTLY HAD UNPROTECTED INTERCOURSE WITH A YOUNG GIRL WHO PRACTICES HIGH RISK SEXUAL BEHAVIOR WITH MULTIPLE PARTNERS. 5-6 DAYS LATER I DEVELOPED A HUGE ERUPTIVE PHARYNGITIES WITH TONSILLAR EXUDATES AND FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS INCLUDING MALAISE ... Read more »

initial symptoms of hiv - most common symptoms

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hello, I need some help from others with hiv. What was and when did it hit you the inital onset of strange symptoms. I know one said they felt whipped out with tired feeling. Was that immed. after sexual episode or acouple weeks later. Also, were... Read more »

First Labs and Initial Appointment

Posted by engmoto
My results are:

CD4 466 and 36.1%
CD8 275 and 21.3%
Viral Load(HIV RNA) <50, undetectable

Doc said this was rare occurance and said it was a good thing. I am not on meds, was just diagnosed. What do you all think? Are there any other doctor's out... Read more »

How bad can initial infection get?

Posted by Anonymous
OK. So now I'm getting worried. How bad can the symptoms of HIV be in the first 4 weeks following exposure? I still have gastritis (from 6 days post exposure), and today (15 days post exposure) I am developing a sore throat and having severe... Read more »