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What Are Early Symptoms Of Acute HIV Infection

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AIDS InfoNet

Acute HIV Infection

...Treating Acute HIV Infection The Bottom Line What Is Acute HIV Infection? The amount of HIV in the 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 notice anything. Symptoms generally occur within 2 to 4 weeks. The most common symptoms are...
Ask the Experts

Acute HIV Infection?

I was diagnosed with having Acute HIV infection in December. Which I understand means that HIV had very recently entered my system. My labs were very wacky. Started off with a ViralLoad of 300K plus and CD4 count of 1290. Within week or so my...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
...Your CD4 decline is very consistent with acute HIV infection. All the decline though is within the normal range of CD4 counts (500-1500). It is likely once your immune system reaches equilibrium Read more »

early symptoms

Dear Ryan, I know you say it's not wise to diagnose yourself as hiv+ based on symptoms alone. I had an encounter recently which I believe is very low risk. The thing is I wouldnt even bother taking the test if it wasnt for the symptoms I...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...The symptoms one may experience during acute HIV infection are symptoms that can be attributed to many different illnesses or conditions. That is why a diagnosis of acute HIV infection Read more »

HIV help

Hi, I have a few quick questions that I really need clarified if possible. 2-4 days after (stupidly) having unprotected sex with a girl, who I later found out was a stripper, I came down with a very very sore throat, swollen glands in the neck,...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
...there would be 999 chances out of 1,000 that you did not become infected. The symptoms you describe are very early for acute HIV infection, as such symptoms are almost never occurring within 7-10 days of the exposure. It is not impossible, just... Read more »

Early Symptoms

Once infected with HIV is it likely that any symptoms will appear in the time following the exposure( say 3 -4 weeks).
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
...symptoms related to HIV that could occur within the first 3-4 weeks would be related to this syndrome. Symptoms of advanced HIV disease or AIDS would not occur that early, except in those rare cases I mentioned in which the CD4 count has fallen... Read more »
Articles
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health and HIV Medicine Association/Infectious Diseases Society of America

Treating Opportunistic Infections Among HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents

...contribution of non-adherence and drug failure. AIDS 2000;14:2559-66. 51. Wolff AJ, O'Donnell AE. Pulmonary manifestations of HIV infection in the era of highly active antiretroviral therapy. Chest 2001;120:1888-93. 52. Kovacs JA, Hiemenz JW,... 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 »
AIDS Foundation of Chicago

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

...the infection itself are known as HIV. The term "acquired immunodeficiency syndrome" (AIDS) refers to the later stages of an HIV infection. Brief History of AIDS HIV/AIDS was first reported in the United States in 1981. Since then, the disease... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Revised Recommendations for HIV Testing of Adults, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women in Health-Care Settings

...conclusively, 99 identifying primary HIV infection can reduce the spread of HIV that might otherwise occur during the acute phase of HIV disease. 100 , 101 Perinatal HIV transmission continues to occur, primarily among women who lack... Read more »
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information

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Exploring: NIAID, NIH, U.S. DHHS March 2005 HIV Infection and AIDS: An Overview INTRODUCTION AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) was first reported in the United States in 1981 Read more »

Acute HIV Infection - Help!!

Posted by Anonymous, 7 Replies
I got fever 4 weeks after a sex worker gave me unprotected oral sex. The fever was 99F with headache, weakness, night sweats, funny sensations in my body, tingling in my hands and feet. This fever has lasted 6 weeks and aint going. In the 2nd and... Read more »

possible Acute HIV Infection symptoms?

Posted by humblonian, 1 Reply
A few months back I fell ill with symptoms such as lightheadedness, stiff neck, and mild headaches. The symptoms struck a few days, to a week after having unprotected sex. The symptoms would go away, and come back just about every other day for a... Read more »

Symptoms

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...experience symptoms of HIV. Does experiencing/notexperiencing symptoms have anything to do with life expectancy? I got very sick with acute HIV--do I have one of the more "severe" strains? Read more »