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Is Fever An Acute Symptom Of HIV

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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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fever in acute HIV

Hello,I had unprotected vaginal intercourse about 5 weeks ago.This past week I woke up with a sudden vague pain on the right side of my neck. I touched it and noticed that the node on that side was abnormally enlarged. It appears to have happened...
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
Thank you for your post.The symptoms of acute HIV infection are extremely variable. Some people have very high fevers, such as with the flu, other do not. In addition, the lymph node enlargement during acute HIV infection is usually not limited to... Read more »

acute retroviral infection: low or high fever?

Please tell me whether a high fever of 101.6 can be a symptom of acute retroviral infection. I thought only a low grade fever could be a symptom of ARI. Thank you....
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Hi. Thank you for your question. With EVERY symptom associated with both Acute Viral Syndrome and full-blown AIDS, the severity of symptoms can vary dramatically from person to person. Therefore, people with fevers during either Acute Viral... Read more »

Valtrex's effect on Symptoms of Acute HIV?

One week ago I suddenly began having fever, night sweats, mild diarrhoea, swollen lymphs. 5 days ago my mouth broke out in ulcers and a white film. 2 doctors gave their opinions and one said the mouth was 'yeast' the other said it was...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Valtrex (val-acyclovir) should not have an effect on acute HIV symptoms. If you are worried, I would get HIV testing. If exposure was recent an HIV viral load or combo antibody/p24 would be appropriate. DW... Read more »

Acute HIV symptoms

I had unprotected vaginal intercourse with a girl about two weeks ago. As soon as it happened I became very anxious about what I could have just done to myself. Two days after this happened I got a fever, and by the next the fever was so bad that I...
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
Fever is a common part of actue HIV infection and can occur from days to weeks after an exposure. That said, it would be unusual to occur after only two days. The reasons you see mixed results is because it is variable from person to person. At... Read more »
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Acute HIV symptoms

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I'm so glad that I found this message board. It's exactly what I was looking for. About 5 weeks ago I had unprotected sex with an Italian man I didn't know (I was in Scotland visiting a friend, he was an acquaintance of the friend's Sicilian... Read more »

For those nervous about Acute HIV symptoms/afraid to get tested

Posted by thestranger, 1 Reply
Hi guys,
just wanted to share my story for those who are afraid they have gotten HIV or who think they might be experiencing ARS. A couple months back, I had an protected encounter with a woman of unknown HIV status, and three weeks after the... Read more »

Duration of Acute HIV symptoms

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hello: Generally, if I had a sore throat 3 weeks ago and now my nodes are slightly swollen in my neck and armpits, but never any rash or fever or oral signs, what is the risk of my having acute HIV infection? (Oral sex, no ejaculation, protected... Read more »

acute hiv symptoms? very worried....

Posted by veryworried, 1 Reply
hi, thanks for taking time to read this. first, let me say i almost never get ill & i haven't thrown up once in 15 yrs. worst thing i got must've been a cold. i had unprotected vaginal sex with a woman about a month ago. exactly 6 days later, in... Read more »