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What Does It Mean If Acute Retroviral Syndrome Is Severe

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An Overview of Retrovir (Zidovudine, AZT)

...Individuals should tell a doctor if they have any of these side effects.Other side effects may not be serious and may lessen or disappear with continued use of the medicine. Less serious side effects of this medicine include severe headache, trouble sleeping, muscle soreness, and nausea. Individuals should tell a doctor if these side effects continue or are bothersome. Drug and Food Interactions A doctor should be notified of any other...
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Acute Retroviral Syndrome Symptoms

Sorry to add yet another question about acute retroviral syndrome, but I have read some conflicting information and I am still uncertain about what it all means. I also know that this syndrome hasn't been studied that much, so that it will be hard...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program say they "must"occur simultaneously. But they generally do occur at the same time. Somepeople who acquire HIV may have severe flu-like symptoms due to Acute ViralSyndrome. In other people with HIV, these symptoms may be very mild. Instill... Read more »

Acute Retroviral SyndromeThe Body: Rick Sowadsky M.S.P.H., C.D.S, Answers to Safe Sex Questions

When a person starts suffering from Acute Retroviral Syndrome, is it usually severe or mild "flu" like symptoms? My question is do the majority suffer from severe or mild flu like symptoms?
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...the severity of the symptoms vary greatly fromperson to person. I can't tell you whether the majority of people's symptomsare severe or mild, since they vary so much from person to person. Andremember, not all people will develop symptoms... Read more »

Acute retroviral syndrome timeline: Need real information

On August 1, I had protected sex with a prostitute. It lasted only about 15 seconds and no oral sex was performed . 4 days later, I had a white spot on my inner my cheek, and it was itchy . It resolved in 3 days by itself, and 7 days after sex, I...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
...Acute retroviral syndrome usually occurs within 2-6 weeks of the event that led to the transmission of infection. Symptoms are often Read more »

acute retroviral infection: low or high fever?

Please tell me whether a high fever of 101.6 can be a symptom of acute retroviral infection. I thought only a low grade fever could be a symptom of ARI. Thank you.
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...Hi. Thank you for your question. With EVERY symptom associated with both Acute Viral Syndrome and full-blown AIDS, the severity of symptoms can vary dramatically from person to person. Therefore, people Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network


...blood cell counts), particularly during the first three months of therapy in people with advanced HIV. Potential exists for severe anemia requiring blood transfusion, erythropoietin injections, or hospitalization when used on its own or in... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Zidovudine (Retrovir, AZT)

...drug. If you get anemia, your health care provider might reduce your dose or switch zidovudine for another ARV. If the anemia is severe and you have to keep taking zidovudine, you may need a blood transfusion, or you might take the drug... Read more »
AIDS Project Los Angeles

Study May Shed Light on Acute Retroviral Syndrome

...degrees, malaise, tender adenopathy, myalgia, vomiting and loose stools. He reported that his symptoms were identical to but more severe than the symptoms of his first acute HIV infection four years ago. The patient returned for follow-up after... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Acute HIV Infection

... What Is Acute HIV Infection? Testing for Acute HIV Infection Risk of Immune Damage Risk of Infecting Others Treating Acute HIV Infection Read more »
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Some Info on ARS, Seroconversion and the Rest

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
...Typically they resemble a BAD flu. They may, however, be mild, or, as I said, non-existent. However, in general they are quite severe and in 30% of cases they are so severe that people go to their doctors. Fever is the most common symptom. It... Read more »

Any truth in this???

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...doctors. Is this likely to be true? Does this mean that if you follows exposure patterns closely, you will notice mild or severe symptoms most of the time? Does anyone know of any studies in this regard, or any personal experiences? Read more »

Acute Retroviral Infection

Posted by DDS, 1 Reply
...I was just diagnosed last week. My HIV doctor thinks that I am experiencing, based on my symptoms, and Acute Retrovirial Infection. He and I believe that I am very recently infected (July). He said there are some new treatment paths Read more »

Please help clarify! Thanks!

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...groin. Fever. Headache. Muscle aches and joint pain. Skin rash. Sore throat. Weight loss. These symptoms may range from mild to severe and usually disappear on their own after 2 to 3 weeks. Read more »