Symptoms As Early As 6 Days

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Acute HIV Infection

...HIV test that detects both antibodies to HIV and HIV proteins. This new test should produce results faster than a test for antibodies alone. Risk of Immune Damage Some people think that there's not much harm done in the early stages of HIV infection. They believe that any damage to their immune system will be cured by taking antiretroviral therapy (ART). This is not true! Up to 60% of infection-fighting "memory" CD4 cells (see Fact...
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Very worried about ARS symptoms.

Hello Dr. BobAbout 10 days ago I had sex with a "masseuse." I was careful to continue checking the condom, but it broke. I pulled out right away, I may have been in for approximately 10-30 seconds max. I also had about 30 seconds of unprotected...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...negative HIV tests can be considered encouraging. However, as you undoubtedly realize, a one-week test is way, way, way too early to be considered very helpful. It is essentially a baseline test.ARS symptoms vary considerably from person to... Read more »

Still terrified about ARS symptoms.

Hi Dr. Bob, I wrote to you earlier "Very worried about ARS symptoms." and I would like to thank you for your quick response. I went to see my Dr. again 2 weeks after exposure because I was still very worried. He checked my tongue which was...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...much or eaten much despite my negative tests and reassurances from my doctor that these shouldn't be symptoms of HIV at such an early stage. Since, I have experienced some itchy, dry skin on my hands, torso and legs. My feet were swollen for one... Read more »

ARS Window Period - Conflicting Info!

Hi, Dr. Rob!!As a pre-med undergrad I have so much respect for you and everything you do for you people! Not too long ago I had a sexual encounter with a male of unknown status (he claims to be neg but who really knows - he was fairly defensive...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...infection (hence the expanded range from one to four weeks to catch the outliers). It's not "likely" for ARS to begin six or seven days after exposure.2. No. A few all-nighters do not have a significant effect on the body's immune system!3.... Read more »

Unprotected Encounter + Symptoms

Dear Dr Bob,9 weeks ago I had unprotected oral and vaginal sex with a girl (that I haven't known for too long) of unknown status. Stupid I know, but here in Australia, HIV is not as big of an issue as compared to the USA, and I am confident I always...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...detectable levels of anti-HIV antibody in the blood within four-six weeks following primary infection. 2.It is true that in the early stages of HIV primary infection HIV viral load often skyrockets. High HIV plasma viral loads are associated with... Read more »
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Diabetes and HIV/AIDS

...fatigue Symptoms typically occur when glucose levels have gotten very high. If you are diagnosed while diabetes is in its early stages, you may not have any symptoms. Glucose Tests Since there are not always obvious symptoms of diabetes,... Read more »
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IRIS: A Concern for People Starting HIV Therapy

...populations more often or severely. What Does the Research Show? The research on predicting and diagnosing IRIS is still in its early stage, though more discovery releases new information every few months. Below is some recent study... Read more »
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Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC)

...least one other opportunistic infection (OI). Routine blood tests from people with low CD4+ cell counts can detect MAC at an early stage when it can be treated fairly easily. Drugs can also be used to prevent MAC disease in people with low CD4+... Read more »
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Interleukin-2

...These experiments were not successful. How Is IL-2 Taken? IL-2 has been given as an intravenous infusion and as twice-daily subcutaneous (below the skin) injections. Early research showed that the largest increases in CD4 cells occur when... Read more »
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