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The First Stage Of HIV Disease

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

The Stages of HIV Disease

...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 acute HIV infection to describe the period of time between...
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Delayed HIV seroconversion can take 7 years or more

...am concerned about the conclusiveness of the results! Your comment on the articleSeroconversionThe stage of seroconversion is the first stage of HIV disease. This is not the stage of AIDS and might never lead to AIDS if proper medications and...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,The text is misleading. They are trying to say that symptoms related to HIV may take seven years or longer to manifest. The detection of anti-HIV antibodies in the blood (seroconversion), however, occurs in the vast majority of people within... Read more »

resubmitted form the Fatigue and Anemia Forum: Discordant couple - Risk of HCV transmission (Hepatitis C Virus Infections Among HIV-Infected Men Who Have Sex With Men: An Expanding Epidemic, 2010 )

I have been HIV+ about 5 years now and take Atripla as treatment. My CD4 is 650, viral load below detection. Very recently I have also been found HCV positive. My boyfriend is HIV and HCV negative. We are very much into fisting. He is top only and...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...studies have found increasing rates of hepatitis C in MSM (men who have sex with men). See below. Associated risk factors include HIV infection, intravenous drug use, fisting and use of GHB (gamma hydroxyl butyrate). Hepatitis C is transmitted... 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. I...
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 »

diffrence between hiv infection and hiv 1/2 eia oositive and confimation negative

i was tested in september and was eia1/2 positive but confimatory westernBlot1 negative so am i called hiv positive or negative? in my lab test report it was written that negative westernBlot does not exclude hiv infection what does it mean? and i...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...negative confirmatory Western Blot is considered to be a "negative HIV-1 screening test."The disclaimer about not excluding HIV infection refers to situations such as people being tested within their "window period." By the way, all laboratory... Read more »
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Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

The Stages of HIV Infection

... Everyone experiences HIV infection differently. However, as a general way of describing the disease process, the course of HIV infection can be looked at in four Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Acute HIV Infection

...blood gets very high within a few days or weeks after HIV infection. Some people get a flu-like illness. This first stage of HIV disease is called "acute HIV infection" or "primary HIV infection." About half of the people who get infected don't... Read more »
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Releases Updated Clinical Guidelines for HIV-Associated Opportunistic Infections

...of late-stage HIV disease. HIV-associated opportunistic infections also tend to occur among Americans who are aware of their HIV infection but are not receiving treatment for it, who do not or cannot take antiretroviral therapy, who take... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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

...vaccination directly prevent pathogen-specific morbidity and mortality, they might also contribute to reduced rate of progression of HIV disease. For instance, randomized trials using trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX) have documented that... 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 Read more »

information

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...T-cell counts of 1,000 or more.) In addition, the definition includes 26 clinical conditions that affect people with advanced HIV disease. Most of these conditions are opportunistic infections that generally do not affect healthy people. In... Read more »

hiv viral load

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...10 to 40 percent will not experience these flu-like symptons, every person who becomes infected with HIV goes through acute HIV infection. This phase of infection presents an enormous risk both to the person who has become infected and to his... Read more »

ars

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
what is the difference between ars and secroconversion. thanks Read more »