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what are the earliest symptoms of hiv?

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Dr. Donald Elton
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HIV symptoms: fever, body aches, lymph node swelling can occur after primary infection (few weeks) - eventually weight loss and unusual infections would be typical if untreated.
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Ignore symptoms: Sometimes sore throat, fever, skin rash, oral ulcers, swollen lymph nodes, but these usually are due to other minor viruses, and half of infected people have no symptoms at all. The first symptom may be a life-threatening illness of AIDS many years later. So ignore symptoms. If concerned you might have HIV or exposed, you must get tested. Whether or not you have symptoms makes no difference.

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What is hiv?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
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Top resource for HIV: People in north america wanting basic and advanced information about the disease HIV or aids, diagnosis and treatment, resources, caregiving and prevention should start with this from the cdc: http://www.Cdc.Gov/hiv/topics/basic/index.Htm#hiv.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can I get HIV by sharing a soda with an infected friend?

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No.: Hiv is spread in bodily fluids, including semen, vaginal secretions, blood, and breast milk. People usually get hiv/aids by having unprotected sex with an infected partner, sharing needles with an infected person, or breastfeeding from an infected mother. You cannot get HIV from kissing or sharing a soda.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How prevalent is HIV across the world?

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Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
Dr. Marianne DiNapolianswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
1% aged 15-49: According to 2006 data, an estimated 1% of the world's population aged 15-49 has HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). This equals 33.4 million people. The majority of infections worldwide are in sub-saharan africa.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Are there any legal ramifications for being infected by someone with hiv?

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Dr. Lester Thompson
Pathology 33 years experience
Perhaps: We all have an ethical and moral obligation to alert someone to an infectious disease or carrier state before engaging in any high risk behavior. So if you know you have HIV and you don't tell a potential partner, you are certainly ethically and morally obligated to tell them. There are occasionally legal issues that develop.
A 20-year-old member asked:

Are people with HIV at more risk for complications with tapeworms?

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Dr. Chakshu Gupta
Pathology 23 years experience
Yes: People with lowered immunity for any reason, including hiv, are at increased risk for parasitic infestations and complications.
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
That's true of some parasitic infections, but I'm not aware of any evidence that it applies to tapeworms.
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