Approximate Timeline of Testing and Symptoms for HIV/AIDS
NOT Drawn to Scale!
|AVS||=||Acute Viral Syndrome|
|PCR||=||Polymerase Chain Reaction test|
|[----]||=||Appears for a limited time only|
|-->||=||May continue for long periods of time|
|*||=||These tests may NOT always show a positive result in an infected person! Therefore, these tests should NOT be used for the diagnosis of HIV in routine testing of adults.|
|**||=||Symptoms may not always be present, and the severity of symptoms may vary greatly from person to person. The average time that the symptoms of full-blown AIDS begins is 10 years.|
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Do you want more information on AIDS, STDs or safer sex? Contact the U.S. Centers for Disease Control AIDS hotline, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 1-800-CDC-INFO. Or visit The Body's Safe Sex and Prevention Forum.
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