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I read flu and early HIV symptoms are similar.I had a cold/flu about 2 weeks after sharing a cigarette with a gay man.How can you tell the difference?

I read flu and early HIV symptoms are similar.I had a cold/flu about 2 weeks after sharing a cigarette with a gay man.How can you tell the difference?

Early HIV symptoms: You can't tell difference between influenza (flu) & early HIV symptoms so prevention is best bet. With that said, you can't get HIV by sharing a cigarette so don't sweat it. On the other hand, if you've engaged in other practices (such as unprotected sex) that increase your risk for HIV & other stds, go see your family doc (or planned parenthood or county std clinic) for testing. ...Read more

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What r the skin condition during seroconversion?Describe the HIV rash in Africa american men?Is it posible for HIV symptoms to be on going for 9months

What r the skin condition during seroconversion?Describe the HIV rash in Africa american men?Is it posible for HIV symptoms to be on going for 9months

HIV: Your question is very unclear. Acute HIV syndrome has numerous manifestations and can have varying durations of presence. If you think you have been exposed go and be tested asap. The sooner you are diagnosed and treated if necessary the better. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does the first symptoms of HIV after exposure (with condom of unknown persons status ) can include candida on men's penis? Or this shows up later?

Does the first symptoms of HIV after exposure  (with condom of unknown persons status ) can include candida on men's penis?  Or this shows up later?

Not usually: Although never say never...It is not my observance that this is a major way to present and I have a large HIV practice in ft. Lauderdale..Pretty much ground zero for HIV infections so to speak. Fever, chills, night sweats, weight loss, thrush and swollen lymph nodes are a common presentation. Diarrhea as well. These may occur in just ~30% of people. Many can be completely asymptomatic. ...Read more

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What is the early symptoms of hiv?

HIV is hard to get?: Many people do not have many symptoms. But, they would be like a flu-- muscle aches and severe fatigue. ...Read more

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How long do the early symptoms of HIV last?

How long do the early symptoms of HIV last?

Variable: Not all HIV infected individuals have early symptoms. These symptoms are like a flu and may last a few days to a few months. See this site for more info. http://aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/just-diagnosed-with-hiv-aids/hiv-in-your-body/stages-of-hiv/. ...Read more

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Can early symptoms of HIV last up to 4months?

No: The symptoms of acute infection (primary infection or acute retroviral syndrome) generally last for a few days to a few weeks--rarely longer than a month. ...Read more

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In how many weeks do we have early symptoms of hiv?

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Depends: Acute retroviral syndrome occurs usually 1-4 weeks from exposure, and can last a couple of weeks; this is highly nonspecific with just fevers, chills, and myalgias, and often confused with flu or other viral illness. Once that is gone, the next manifestation is usually several years down the road with an opportunistic infection. ...Read more

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What are early symptoms of HIV and when they occur?

HIV : Hiv often infects humans without any symptoms. If one does get symptoms they are usually similar to the flu; muscle aches, low grade fever and sometimes a full body rash. ...Read more

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Does the early symptoms of HIV last more than 4months?

Does the early symptoms of HIV last more than 4months?

Early HIV...: Early vs late symptoms of HIV ; not how us doctors think-we look at the infection as primary infection. Assuming primary infection, this may last from 7to 14 days, and mimicked the flu, with a possible pharyngitis and rash. If the primary infection is aggressive, complications such as a bacterial infection, or else a post- infectious "viral syndrome" may be at play. Discuss your sx with you doc. ...Read more

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What are the early symptoms of HIV ? How do you know you have HIV ?

What are the early symptoms of HIV ? How do you know you have HIV ?

Variable ; lab test: Some people have flu like illness within a few weeks of getting infected. Others may have no symptoms till years later. About a quarter of the infected people do not know that they are infected. The only way to know is through blood tests. See this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/hiv-aids/hiv-symptoms. ...Read more

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Hi, have a good time...I just want to ask the early symptoms of hiv?

Hi, have a good time...I just want to ask the early symptoms of hiv?

Early HIV symptoms: The first symptoms of HIV infection are often minimal, non-specific and transient. This time frame is called sero-conversion when the body is producing an immune reaction to the virus. Symptoms may include headache, not feeling well, rash, fatigue, sore throat and muscle aches. As mentioned, the symptoms are non-specific and the person may attribute them to having the flu or other minor illness. ...Read more

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Can early symptoms of HIV include an inflamation in the brain if possible exposure was 5 weeks ago?

Can early symptoms of HIV include an inflamation in the brain if possible exposure was 5 weeks ago?

Yes: Central nervous system manifestations of acute HIV infection may occur but are uncommon. There may be many other potential causes. Let your neurologist or infectious diseases expert work out this problem. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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Hello Doctor, I've been stressing about my recent unprotected sex incidence. I want to know what's the most obvious early symptoms of HIV? Thanks

Hello Doctor,

I've been stressing about my recent unprotected sex incidence. I want to know what's the most obvious early symptoms of HIV? Thanks

Get tested: If you don't get tested, you're simply going to obsess over every little change or sensation in your body. One of the new assays will give you reliable information after a month. If you had a very high-risk exposure (i.e., unprotected anal penetration by a non-treated HIV-positive man, or similar), ask about post-exposure prophylaxis. Otherwise, get tested and cherish the fact you shared love. ...Read more

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I have a swollen lymph node on one side of my neck, my throat isn't sore but a little red. Could this possibly be early symptoms of HIV? No fever

I have a swollen lymph node on one side of my neck, my throat isn't sore but a little red. Could this possibly be early symptoms of HIV? No fever

Need more info: Not possible to answer this question based on limited information. Would depend on a lot of different factors, most importantly your history of recent sexual encounters, number of partners, whether you used protection, etc. If there is any concern for risky sexual behavior would recommend getting tested. ...Read more

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What are early HIV symptoms?

What are early HIV symptoms?

Varies tremendously: Symptoms can vary from weight loss, fatigue, severe diarrhea, skin rashes (Kaposi sarcoma to macular type rashes), pneumonia (Pneumocystic jerovecki), swollen lymph nodes (in the most serious case Berkitt's lymphoma), night sweats.......and then again can present with nothing at all! ...Read more

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How long does early HIV sympthoms last?

HIV infection: Most people who get HIV do not have any 'early symptoms'. Some people get the worst 'flu' of their lives. The bigger story here is that if anyone has a high risk exposure there is a way to prevent infection. But, one must act within 72 hours of the exposure for this miracle to work. I would be more interested to know you symptoms and why you think it may be hiv. ...Read more

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How lon does early HIV symptoms pesist?

Days to weeks: Symptoms of acute retroviral syndrome (primary HIV infection) typically a few days to a week. In unusual cases they can last for several weeks, but not longer than a month. ...Read more

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What symptoms would one have if he had early hiv?

Highly variable: Might look like infectious mononucleosis, acute flu-like syndrome, encephalitis, or a wide variety of other presentations. My advice would be that if you suspect you may have been exposed to HIV in whatever fashion, that you be tested whether or not you have any symptoms, since early initiation of treatment is the key to success. ...Read more

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Do the symptoms of HIV commonly show up early on?

Yes, with acute HIV: Usually, the symptoms of acute HIV may occur within 2 to 4 weeks of infection and may last a week. Many individuals develop a flu-like illness called acute HIV infection with the most common symptoms being fever, enlarged lymph nodes, sore throat, rash, muscle aches, malaise, mouth and esophageal sores, and may also include, but less commonly, headache, nausea and vomiting, weight loss. ...Read more

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For what length of time do early HIV symptoms last?

Days to weeks: Acute hiv-1 infection is often associated with an acute “retroviral syndrome” that usually includes fever with a variety of nonspecific clinical and laboratory abnormalities. In contrast, subjects with early hiv-1 infection can also be entirely asymptomatic. The time from exposure to symptomatic disease is typically 2 to 4 weeks, and the duration of illness is generally days to weeks. ...Read more

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Hiv infection is caused by a retrovirus....This retrovirus binds to CD4 cells (for the most part). You may detect the virus by several different methods. An elisa test (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). You may also detect it by doing a test referred to as a western blot (a gel protein electrophoresis). Thirdly by pcr (polymerase chain reaction) which ...Read more


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