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When Does Someone Who Is Hiv Positive Typically Show Symptoms

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I am consumed with fear, not your typical WW

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hey Guys and Gals,

Great to see there is a resource here where everyone can come together and share knowledge and comfort eachother. I know my post is long but I have some questions that I am very curious about.

Heres the rundown of my experience:
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Are these typical symptoms?

Posted by change21, 2 Replies
Hello All. This is my first post at I visit this site all the time but I finally have a concern I'd like to see if anybody else has had before. First off, I am a 21 year old healthy male. I was diagnosed as HIV at the end of May, 2012.... Read more »

Initial appointments - what is a typical timeline?

Posted by hamilton, 4 Replies
Hello all.

I was just diagnosed last month. After the first few rocky days, I am learning to cope better and better. I am currently living in Minnesota and the resources and non-profit organizations available here are very impressive thus far.

What... Read more »

Do HIV positive people have these symptoms?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Hi, are dry skin / dandruff, and sweating symptoms of HIV. Over the past year I have noticed both excessive dandruff and sweating. I also have dry skin on my face and the skin on my cheeks flakes off on occasion. I dont really have night sweats,... Read more »

Finger + Semen + HIV+Positive + Symptoms

Posted by Helpmeoutplz, 1 Reply
About 3 weeks ago I engaged in what I believed to be safe sex.

Before this encounter I was tested negative. I'm a guy, and met another guy and we did some things. He fingered me a while, and was really rough back there(anus). He also dipped his... Read more »
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How long after infection does thrush typically appear?

Dear Dr.,I'm very confused. All the literature I've found on HIV says that, on average, people infected with HIV don't have symptoms for 5 to 10 years. If this is the case, how long does it take for CD4 cells to diminish to the...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
That is correct-- on average, it takes 5-10 years for symptoms to appear. It also takes about 5-10 years for someone's CD4 cells to drop below 350, which is about the point where many people begin to develop thrush. I guess I don't... Read more »

Treatment naive, VL /=650 for 5+ years... typical?

I am male, 27, regularly tested & diagnosed in early 2000. Have been monitored regularly (at least 2x/yr., sometimes more). My VL has always hovered around 7500, with CD4 never much below 650. I did not experience any initial illness or the...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Your viral load is lower than the average HIV+ person not on HIV therapy which is great as the lower the viral load, the slower the rate of CD4 cell count decline. Statistically, it is likely you can maintain fairly good CD4 cell counts for years... Read more »

Typical inquiry: When to start the meds?

First of all, a huge thanks for this service. I think all the readers appreciate your taking time to address our questions and worries. Your warm, helpful advice ameliorates much concern.My question is typical, though I couldn't find a previous...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
What you have experienced is fairly typical. Soon after infection, teh viral load skyrockets, in your case to over 2 million per cc of blood. The viral load then starts to fall and will reach a plateau over a period of 6 months or so. I suspect... Read more »

HIV positive with no symptoms

I have received a positive HIV blood test and exhibit no symptoms. How long should I wait to get tested for viral load and CD4 cell count? Can I be without symptoms and have a high vial count and low CD4 count? ThanksBob...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.All persons who test positive for HIV should be seen for medical and laboratory evaluation as soon as possible. This is because the absence of symptoms does not predict your CD4 count (or risk of having an AIDS complication).... Read more »
The Well Project

Stress Management and HIV

Table of Contents Stress and HIV Signs of Stress Common Causes of Stress How to Decrease Stress Depression Other Tips for Reducing Stress Stress and HIV Everyone deals with a certain amount of stress every day. But if you are... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Aging With HIV

Several of the physical symptoms and illnesses related to HIV disease and its treatment -- such as fatigue, weight changes, memory loss, depression, and atherosclerosis -- mimic typical age-related health problems. It is estimated that at least 10%... Read more »
International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care

Nationwide Survey Shows 80% of HIV-Positive Patients Report Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety

Chicago, Ill. -- Key findings of a national physician and patient survey conducted by the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC) demonstrate a strong link between HIV infection and the mental health of patients diagnosed with... Read more »

This Month in HIV: Sex and Dating When You're HIV Positive

My name is Bonnie Goldman and I'm editorial director of The Body. I'd like to welcome you to This Month in HIV. This month's subject? Dating when you're HIV positive. Dating when you're HIV negative is a challenge. Dating when you're HIV positive ... Read more »