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...people may look perfectly healthy for many years despite the fact that they have HIV in their bodies. The only way to find out if you are infected is by taking an HIV test. Primary Infection (or Acute
Infection) Primary HIV infection
is the first stage of HIV disease
, typically lasting only a week or two, when the virus first establishes itself in the body. Some researchers use the term acuteHIV infection
to describe the period of...
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hi there im 28. have worked with hiv positive people, have had exposure to positive blood twice, but checked my hands and had no visible cuts, that was about 5 months ago, i tested for hiv 3 moths after the blood contact, and 3 times tested...
HIV can cause some symptoms in the mouth
. Sores (apthous ulcers) can be seen in the mouth
as part of an acuteHIV infection
. Rashes over the body and swollen lymph nodes are commonly seen. Your symptoms may be nothing to... Read more »
Hi there doctor,Just afew questions I'd like to ask,How common does acute HIV infection or acute retroviral syndrome occur when people are first infected with hiv?Also after possable infection,after what period of time can we rule out symptoms like...
...be checked out with your doctor. At least 80% of people recently infected with HIV will experience symptoms related to acuteHIV infection
approximately 2-4 weeks after exposure. Symptoms can vary in each individual, the most common symptoms... Read more »
Dear Dr. Bob:Please, please! A quick line of answer to my question of last week regarding these "lie bumps" that appeared on my tongue in great number two weeks ago. They were very painful, white (but not exhuding) and changed location from one day...
...Hello Francis,Your mouth
symptoms are not suggestive of or worrisome for acuteHIV infection
. However, I should mention symptoms are notoriously unreliable in predicting who is and is not HIV positive. Consequently, if Read more »
Hello doctor,Just afew questions,What is actually happening in the body during acute infection?How long does it take to happen?Does it vary from mild illness which last afew days or is it severe and always last over afew weeks?Finally does the...
is the period of time when an HIV infected person is seroconverting; that is, they are mounting an immune response against HIV, Read more »
...Guarantees! What Do the Numbers Mean? What Activities Are Most Risky? What About Oral Sex? What Increases the Risk of HIV Infection
? The Bottom Line What's My Risk of Getting Infected With HIV? Most people know how HIV is... Read more »
...sites. The detuned test, which is used only after HIV antibodies are confirmed by a Western Blot test , can determine if the HIV infection
is recent (within the last six months), which may be useful for deciding upon possible early treatment... Read more »
... What Is AcuteHIV Infection
? Testing for AcuteHIV Infection
Risk of Immune Damage Risk of Infecting Others Treating AcuteHIV Infection
Pros and Read more »
...HIV may be scary, but having HIV and not knowing it is a lot scarier, as we're about to explain. Having "AIDS" means your HIV disease
has advanced to a point where it has seriously damaged your immune system. Once you've been infected with... Read more »
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...Exploring: NIAID, NIH, U.S. DHHS March 2005 HIV Infection
and AIDS: An Overview INTRODUCTION AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) was first reported in the United States in 1981 Read more »
What exactly are the symptoms of ARS, when do they occur, can one symptom show up at a time or do they all happen at the same time. I've had night sweats, diahrea, and a rash on my cheek, but it seems to be a couple of days with night sweats then a... Read more »
...Ok, i hate to be a pesky poster, but I posted yesterday a question regarding HIV and trech mouth
( see the post Dental Symptoms), and I'm very scared, so I was wondering if anyone had any further information regarding acuteRead more »
...pained area mentioned, is it where the SPLEEN is located ? Where is the "precise" location of the spleen? Can primary acuteHIV infection
"ATTACKS" the spleen, now that the spleen is working to fight off the infection? Will it swell? Will one... Read more »