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Is Ear Infection A Sign Of Acute HIV Infection

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Acute HIV Infection

What Is Acute HIV Infection? Testing for Acute HIV Infection Risk of Immune Damage Risk of Infecting Others Treating Acute HIV Infection Pros and Cons of Treating Acute HIV Infection The Bottom Line What Is Acute HIV Infection? The amount of HIV in the blood gets very high within a few days or weeks after HIV infection. Some people get a flu-like illness. This first stage of HIV disease is called "acute HIV infection" or "primary HIV...
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Is a stiff neck a sign of acute HIV infection

Hi, 3 weeks ago I received unprotected oral sex from someone i know injects drugs. A few days ago I got a itchy red rash around my genitals and anus. I also had what appeared to be a swollen gland in my neck that went away but I know have a stiff...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
This forum is dedicated to HIV-positive folks, particularly those who have concerns related to fatigue and/or anemia. Questions related to HIV transmission, prevention, safer sex, HIV testing and risk should be sent to Dr. Bob at his "Safe Sex... Read more »

Unprotected Anal Sex and Acute HIV Infection

DR WohlAbout 3 weeks ago I had unprotected anal sex with a person whose HIV Status remains unknown. I was the top. There was no blood on my penis. A week later, I developed a number of symptoms which I attributed to the flu. These included, sore...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
This was a risky exposure if a condom was not used. Your doc should perform either a 4th generation HIV test that looks for p24 antigen along with HIV antibodies OR a plasma HIV RNA PCR test. Waiting wastes an opportunity to detect acute/early HIV... Read more »

Acute Infection - Degree of Symptoms

Dr. Wohl - Great work, please keep it up. You are a true beacon for all of us. My question is regarding the initial reaction to HIV (symptoms and their duration) and the long-term effects of this on fighting the virus. I have been unable to find any...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
HiI do not know of any data to suggest that the severity of one's symptoms during acute HIV infection predicts clinical course although it is an interesting idea.Part of the problem is that acute HIV infection is often missed so collecting... Read more »

Oportunistic infections during hiv acute infection

I've read that CD4 count drops during hiv acute infection. Does this mean that during acute infection an individual is more prone to develop opportunistic infections? If they occur, do these opportunistic infections go away by themselves or...
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
It would be extremely unusual for someone with acute HIV infection to develop an OI. CD4 counts do not usually decrease to a point that puts one at risk for OIs. Athlete's foot is a common fungal infection that affects millions of people world... Read more »