The Average Time Span Between The Initial Hiv Infection And The Onset Of Disease Symptoms In Untreated People

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U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The Evidence That HIV Causes AIDS

...HIV-seropositive mothers had developed AIDS or persistent immune deficiency. In contrast, among 64 seropositive children, 30 percent presented with AIDS within 6 months of age or with oral candidiasis followed rapidly by the onset of AIDS. By their first birthday, 17 percent died of HIV-related diseases ( European Collaborative Study . Lancet 1991;337:253). In a study in New York, investigators followed 84 HIV-infected and 248...
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Psycological response to longterm HIV diagnosis?

I read a most interesting and self confirming article in the May/June Issue of PA (Positively Aware) magazine. It was titled, "Is it all in your head?" Since I have been diagnosed now being over 16 years, I have been finding myself depressed, mood...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,Neurocognitive impairment resulting from HIV infection of the central nervous system is now a well-defined clinical syndrome. I'll reprint below a summary article on HIV and the brain Read more »

Stepped on a Needle on A Beach and Get Infected

Dear Dr. Bob,I am 64, married, and have been positive for over 14 years. I was infected in a most bizarre fashion....I stepped on a hypo needle on a Florida beach. I started on Crixivan and Combivir 13 years ago, and am still on them. CD4 is 1300...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...and toxicities (anemia, lipoatrophy, etc.). Certainly the old adage, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," may apply. However, personally I think there are much better (more potent, better tolerated, more convenient) regimens available today... Read more »


Please i will like to know the symptoms of HIV.
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...with HIV infection is carefully followed by a doctor and starts treatment based on their CD4 count, they may further delay the onset of symptoms. Also, there are some people with HIV infection who have been living symptom free for 20 years or... Read more »


what is the period of time the first symtoms can appear?
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...The average time period between initial infection with HIV and onset of illness is about 10 years in people who do not start antiretroviral treatment. If someone with HIV starts treatment when their Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Guidelines for Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents

...counts µ L) 90 . Clinical Manifestations The most common manifestations of PCP among HIV-infected persons are the subacute onset of progressive dyspnea, fever, nonproductive cough, and chest discomfort that worsens within days to weeks. The... Read more »

Looking Ahead: NIAID's Future HIV/AIDS Therapeutics Priorities

...infected for long periods of time, even those whose viral load has been adequately suppressed with ARV therapy. These include the onset of early aging characteristics, cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, non-AIDS-associated cancers and... Read more »
American Association for World Health

Fact Sheet: HIV Counseling and Testing

...the first step to seeking medical attention and gaining access to effective treatment that can prolong your life and delay the onset of AIDS. Why Should I Be Tested for HIV? First, if you know you are HIV-infected, you can have the benefits... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

How HIV Causes AIDS

..."slow" viruses. The course of infection with these viruses is characterized by a long interval between initial infection and the onset of serious symptoms. Other lentiviruses infect nonhuman species. For example, the feline immunodeficiency... Read more »
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Curious - Do any of you have bone or joint disease

Posted by ScotCharles, 6 Replies
...curious, do any of you long timers, i.e. HIV+ 10 years or more, have any of these diseases? Have your doctors attributed the onset of the disease to HIV or the meds? Have your meds been adjusted because of these diseases? Just Curious, ... Read more »

hiv viral load

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...transmit HIV than during the chronic stage of the infection, which is typically eight years or more after infection and before the onset of AIDS. Had the young man's condition been properly diagnosed, he could have been told that any sexual... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...or "swollen glands" that may be enlarged for more than 3 months. Other symptoms often experienced months to years before the onset of AIDS include * Lack of energy * Weight loss * Frequent fevers and sweats * Persistent or... Read more »

ARS timing

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...happened as soon as 5 days and as late as like 12 weeks. I'm just wondering what causes such it the mode of hiv infection?? Like are people who get it from needlestick injuries more likely to have ARS symptoms later? Or does it... Read more »
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