Why Do Some People Get Acute Hiv Infection

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AIDS InfoNet

Acute HIV Infection

...Treating AcuteHIV Infection The Bottom Line What Is AcuteHIV 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 "acuteHIV 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...
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Any insight

Doc is their any correlation between not having any lymph node swelling and vl/cd4 levels. I believe I "reacted" soon to hiv exposure (chronic after 3 days), but 7 weeks later still have no lymph swelling. I can't understand how my immune system...
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
...You do not indicate whether you are HIV antibody positive or not. Some people with acuteHIV infection might not have detectable lymph node swelling, although this is rare.MH Read more »

naive rash

Dear doctors 1 It's usual to see only a rash during phi without fever or any other symptom?2 If so, it means that the infected naive will be more sensible to develop rashes during the treatments for hiv (ex if he starts or switch a treatment)?Thanks
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
...It is very unusual to see only a rash during primary HIV infection. The presence of a rash during primary HIV infection would not suggest to me that rashes would be more likely in the future. Read more »

Just tested HIV positive and scared

First of all I would like to thank you for the great job you are doing through this site. Thank God I found you!My boyfriend was tested negative about 4 months ago. Unfortunately, at the beginning of May he had to to be hospitalised due to high and...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
...difficult situation for both of you.If your boyfriend was truly negative 4 months earlier, he is most certainly going through acuteHIV infection. During this phase, the CD4 cells can drop dramatically as the viral load peaks. But, in most... Read more »

HIV Infection Process

Dr. Bob,Hello. I am not sure if this is the correct forum to present this question, but I've been browsing this section for a few weeks now and you seem to be really on top of things.My question/curiosity is regaring the HIV infection process. In...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,The natural history of HIV infection is well documented. You are correct there is a spike in HIV viral load shortly after infection, which then decreases as the body's Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Number of Named Partners and Number of Partners Newly Diagnosed With HIV Infection Identified by Persons With Acute Versus Established HIV Infection

... AcuteHIV infections are linked to a disproportionate share of forward transmission in certain populations, note the current study's authors. They Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Targeted Testing for Acute HIV Infection in North Carolina

... Because people with acuteHIV infection contribute disproportionately to transmission of the virus, identifying these persons is a critical public health challenge. Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

The Stages of HIV Disease

...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... Read more »
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Negative HIV Antibody Test Results Among People Treated During Acute/Early Infection

...days to weeks of HIV acquisition. This ability to identify people with recent infection has led many clinicians to treat early HIV infection with antiretroviral treatment (ART) in an attempt to preserve HIV-specific immune function and reduce... Read more »
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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 »

Looking for Newly Infected adults for study

Posted by AcuteStudy
...to determine whether an immediate course of one year of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) slows the progression of HIV disease in adults who have been recently infected with HIV. We have sites in Baltimore and Canada. If you are... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...there. From an article posted on The Body: Shortly after getting infected with HIV, many patients have an acute (or "primary") HIV infection, a period of flu-like illness with symptoms like fever and malaise that could be caused by influenza or... Read more »

Acute Primary HIV Infection

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...consulted the doctor YET again on 29 Dec 99 with the same complaints. What are the signs and symptoms of the Primary AcuteHIV infection stage? To me, it seems that it comprises of flu-like sickness and resembles the one I'm having now. I... Read more »
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