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Swollen Lymph Glands Could I Have Acute HIV Infection

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AIDS InfoNet

Acute HIV Infection

...infection" or "primary HIV infection." About half of the people who get infected don't notice anything. Symptoms generally occur within 2 to 4 weeks. The most common symptoms are fever, fatigue, and rash. Others include headache, swollen lymph glands, sore throat, feeling achy, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and night sweats. It is easy to overlook the signs of acute HIV infection. They can be caused by several different illnesses. If you...
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Swollen Neck Lymph node

Hello Dr. Bob ,I just donated my little share.I am not telling so that you will answer my question.I understood the issue as i am going through that anxiety.In January 3 week i had a sex with woman for money.I had condom but did not realize it broke...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...left-sided lymph node in the neck is not worrisome for or suggestive of HIV acute retroviral syndrome (ARS). The adenopathy (swollen lymph glands) associated with HIV infection is generalized (occurs throughout the body) and is non-painful. I... Read more »

Swollen lymph glands during PEP

Dr Bob, can you help me PLEASE? I am now 34 yrs old. In May 2008 I had receptive anal sex during which time the condom broke. I always use condoms. I attended a clinic the following day and started PEP about 14 hours afterwards for 28 days. My...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...months plus completing a full 28-day course of PEP, the chances you contracted HIV and that your symptoms are related to HIV ARS (acute retroviral syndrome) are extremely remote at best. The post-PEP HIV testing guidelines do recommend one... Read more »

No fever, sore throat but swollen glands

Hi Doctor KullWould swollen lymph glands (under arms, groin and neck) tingling in hands and feet and a raised rash on the insides of my elbows constitue ARS (3 weeks after unprotected insertive anal sex) Lymph glands still up at 9 weeks, tingling in...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...Trying to determine your HIV status based on symptoms you are experiencing is unwise, anxiety provoking, and unreliable. Recent HIV infection (acute HIV infection, acute retroviral syndrome) should only be considered if ALL of the following are... Read more »

Follow-up question swollen lymph glands

What are corticosteroids? I've just read an article from AIDSMAP TREATMENT & CARE in which they say that cortcosteroids are effective in treating swollen glands. Can they help me?
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Corticosteroids are drugs like prednisone which are potent anti-inflammatory agents which can be helpful for a wide variety of conditions though can be associated with many serious side effects if used excessively. Use is not recommended for... Read more »
Articles
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

The Stages of HIV Disease

...only indication that you are infected with HIV is that you will test positive on standard (antibody) HIV tests and you may have swollen lymph glands. This means that you look and feel healthy but can infect other people through unprotected sex... Read more »
AIDS Foundation of Chicago

The Faith in Prevention Training Manual: Tools for Your HIV/AIDS Ministry

...HIV. Some advanced symptoms of HIV infection include: Rapid weight loss Dry, persistent cough Night sweats or fever Fatigue Swollen lymph glands Diarrhea that lasts longer than a week White spots on the tongue or in the mouth (Thrush)... Read more »
Seattle Treatment Education Project

Report on the First International Acute HIV Infection Conference

...of people infected with HIV have an "acute retroviral syndrome," characterized by flu-like symptoms: fatigue, diffuse aches, swollen lymph glands in the neck, sore throat, and a rash. However, research centers that are actively recruiting people... Read more »
U.S. National Institutes of Health

U.S. Updates Clinical Guidelines for Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections Among HIV-Exposed and HIV-Infected Children

...HIV-infected children and childrenwho were HIV-exposed through birth to an HIV-infected mother." Dr. Mofenson said. In recent years, HIV infection has increased among adolescents. "We hope that doctors and clinicians make use of these new... Read more »
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Swollen lymph gland

Posted by goguy00, 2 Replies
Hi all, my first post here... I have been + since 2005, on meds (atripla) since 2007. I experienced a swollen lymph gland behind my neck shortly after I started meds. My Dr. really passed it off each visit that I brought it up. He said if it didn't... Read more »

some questions

Posted by sayitaintso, 1 Reply
...unprotected oral sex to someone who I suspect is positive, though he denies that he is. About a week later, I had a sore throat and swollen lymph glands. I went to the doctor about a week after the symptoms started and she ran a strep test, as... Read more »

Some Info on ARS, Seroconversion and the Rest

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
...of the body equally. Let me remind you that it occurs in only about 8% of those undergoing ARS. Swollen lymph nodes, same as swollen lymph glands, (lymphadenopathy) are indeed common in this case. If you are a Worried Well case, like myself,... Read more »

Symptoms

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...the probelms that go along with viral infections-muscle aches,tiredness. But these symptoms are also the same for the Acute HIV infection which i am scared that i have got. I went to the doctors n they told me i had a viral infection, so shud i... Read more »