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Stages Of How Hiv Infects The Body

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The Stages of HIV Disease

HIV Is a Continuum Infection Primary Infection (or Acute Infection) Seroconversion The Asymptomatic Stage Early- and Medium-Stage HIV Symptomatic Disease Late-Stage HIV Disease (AIDS) HIV Is a Continuum Most of us are used to thinking of disease in very simple terms: if you feel sick, you are sick; if you feel healthy, you are healthy. However, because HIV may begin causing subtle changes in the immune system long before an infected...
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Late Stage HIV infection with OIs?

Hi there,I'm a 25 year old woman living in the UK.I am honestly at my wit's end and don't know what to do anymore. I have been feeling unwell since March- strange headaches, raised lymph nodes, sinus infections,yeast infections,...
Shannon Southall

Response from Shannon Southall

Rocky Mountain CARES
HiI want to start first with the basics about HIV transmission. It occurs when there is a direct exchange of body fluid, blood, semen, vaginal fluid or mother to child through breast milk. Condoms are effective in the prevention of HIV transmission,... Read more »

Symptomatic stage....The Body: Rick Sowadsky M.S.P.H., C.D.S, Answers to Safe Sex Questions

Dear Sir, Thank you for considering my question. I understand that there may be flu like symptoms associated with early infection, usually 2-4 weeks after infection. Is the symptomatic stage (ie night sweats, weight loss, etc) that I often hear...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Hi. Thank you for your question. Chronic symptoms such as drenching nightsweats, weight loss, etc. are usually not seen until an average of 10 yearsafter infection. These types of symptoms are not seen after recent HIVinfection. The following... Read more »

Lipodystrophy and Treatment During Acute HIV Infection Stage

I was exposed to the HIV virus about 5 weeks ago. I'm now considering antiviral treatment. However, since I've never been on any HIV medication, I would prefer to be on the combination that has the least chance of producing lipodystrophy....
Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Response from Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
The risk of lipoatrophy on any of the meds is low (say <5%) over one year and may be especially low if you are young (<40 yo) and start with a CD4 greater than 200. Limiting use of d4T and protease inhibitors should further limit riskBest... Read more »

late stage non reactive hiv 1 & 2 ab testing

HelloI had a high risk exposure about 7 years ago. I've been diagnosed ITP about a year ago. I asked my hematologist to test me for hiv. AB results returned non reactive. Hematologist said no more testing is required. Is it true that in late...
Richard Cordova III

Response from Richard Cordova III

Test Positive Aware Network
Hi there,That is not true at all. Late stages of HIV infection will most certainly will come back reactive. Once transmission has occurred, and the body has begun to produce enough antibodies that can be detected by a test, it was always do so.In... Read more »
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4 stages to HIV disease

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
AMFAR AIDS HANDBOOK (Chapter 4, Page 53 )

There are four stages to HIV disease

1) Acute Infection Stage (500-1200 CD4s)- begins immediately after hiv enters the body and starts multiplying in infected cells. Acute infection ends about 2-6 weeks... Read more »

Asymptomatic Stage Hiv

Posted by nuthugger24, 2 Replies
When a person is Hiv Positive experts say after ars a person will go into an asymptomatic phase. During this phase they say you will have no symptoms related to Hiv except possible swollen lymphnodes. My question is: when you have hiv and you... Read more »

ARS and loss of body mass

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hi,

During Acute stage, I know they talk about weight loss in some and was wondering if it referred to unexplained loss of body mass in some persons. Loss of fat or muscle in an individual.

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I am 19 infected with HIV from the Philippines

Posted by dyingYOUNG
hello there, a friend of mine gave me this site and I think this would be a big help for me...

I am 19 male from the Philippines and I just knew last May 23, 2006 that I am infected with HIV, as of now, I am the youngest among young adults who is... Read more »