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Is Enlarged Lymph Nodes 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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enlarged/swollen lymph nodes

two questions:1.Does everybody have enlarged/swollen lymph nodes during/after ARS or is it possible that someone doesn't?2. They say usually within 2-3 weeks after primary infection; why ARS/symptoms don't manifest immediately(within 1-st...
John L. Sullivan, M.D.

Response from John L. Sullivan, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
When acute HIV infection occurs, the virus enters the body at the point of contact, i.e. the vagina, and spreads to the surrounding lymph nodes; it takes about a week for the virus to get into the bloodstream and then spread throughout the body... Read more »

lymph node swelling-- HIV vs non-HIV enlargement

If nodal enlargement is because of HIV, all the nodes around the body should have the same chance to enlarge. However, most of the nodes appear around the throat and neck. I think it is because all HIV+ guys have some infection in their mouth and...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
You didn't realize actually ask a question. Most of your comments are correct. HIV infection typically causes generalize lymph node enlargement. It is not unusal for some of the lymph node groups to be particularly enlarged. The three areas... Read more »

lymph nodes enlarged or not????

hi, i repeatedly have tested neg. (as you know) but i have a question.In HIV patients how soon do they usually see gland enlargement?You stated once that they usually dont even realize they are swollen so does that mean they are very small?Mine (I...
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
Glands will usually swell with a couple of weeks of infection and can persist for several weeks. They are usually like an almond and not a pea and can be tender. Many people have small pea sized nodes in their neck, or groin from past viral or... Read more »

enlarged lymph nodes

I discovered a week ago that my right axilliary lymph node was wnlarged. On Tuesday i went to see my doc who confirmed the enlargement and she ordered a chest x-ray and ct scan. I had the x-ray done on wednesday and got the results on firday which...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for your post.It's good to hear that your follow up tests (chest XR and CT) were normal. The concern in HIV+ persons with enlarged lymph nodes ("glands") is that they could represent things other than the more common... Read more »
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Lymph Node Swelling

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
when they talk about lymph node swelling, is it visible or what kind of pain is involved and is it in all places or just restricted to certain parts of the body?with this would you have fever or any other signs? thanks and hope to hear from someone... Read more »

SWOLLEN LYMPH NODES

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I READ SOMEWHERE ON THE WEB THAT IF YOU HAVE LYMPH NODES THAT ARE SWOLLEN FOR AT LEAST THREE MONTHS YOU SHOULD GET TESTED FOR HIV. IS THIS TRUE? HAS ANYONE ELSE READ OR HEARD ABOUT THIS? I THOUGHT LYMPH NODES AND THE REST OF THE SYPTOMS WENT AWAY... Read more »

lymph nodes

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
How long are the lymph nodes painful with an acute infection? Read more »

lymph nodes in neck...can people tell?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hi,

I was wondering if your lymph nodes are swollen in your neck area, can people tell that are are going through an infection. We know that they can feel, but can people actually see that your neck's lymph nodes are actually swollen?

Please... Read more »