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Weight loss & HIV: HIV can indeed cause weight loss but usually this is in the end stages when the virus has been causing infection for 7 or 8 years already. HIV infection in the beginning may not have any clear recognizable symptoms-- that's partly what makes it so dangerous. Good to get tested if unsure because the meds could save your life. Always good to practice safe sex too, because of other STDs. ...Read more
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HIV Infection: Nope. Absolutely not. Hiv infection is like getting the worst flu of your life...Muscle aches, fatigue and maybe a pale red body rash. But, remember many people do not feel anything out of sorts when they get infected with hiv. If there is an accident or a high risk exposure remember that infection can be prevented in many cases. One must act within 72 hours of an exposure to prevent infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
New or old?: Acute HIV syndromes can have several presentations, including looking like meningitis, but the most common is like infectious mononucleosis, with fever, swollen lymph nodes, malaise. If you are asking how HIV can present after you have had it many years asymptomatically, that is a subject for a large volume of information. If you are concerned, please get tested. Early treatment is best. ...Read more
What are the symptoms of HIV and how early to see the signs? Also, can HIV be contracted without symptoms?
Acute HIV.: There is such a thing as "acute retroviral syndrome" which occurs within the first week of infection, wherein you feel a bad flu-like illness which is accompanied by diffuse lymph node enlargement. This episode is not a guarantee, but it could happen. After that, HIV can lay dormant for several months to years. ...Read more
Nonspecific: A few weeks after infection, people often have the worst "viral illness" of their life (fever, big lymph nodes, aches, maybe rash), or may have nothing. The infection is asymptomatic for years afterwards, then can announce itself by big lymph nodes, diarrhea, candida on the tongue. If you're concerned, get with your personal physician. Best wishes. ...Read more
Acute retroviral sx: The most common symptoms of acute retroviral infection is no signs/symptoms. The acute syndrome is no different in males or females ; may present as a mononucleosis like illness. Fever (38-40c), fatigue, ; myalgias; sore throat w/ or w/o swollen tonsils; generalized red body rash; non-tender swelling of lymph nodes in armpits ; front /back of the neck. It takes an alert physician to diagnose! ...Read more
ARS symptoms: Early HIV infection is called acute retroviral syndrome (ARS). Symptoms occur in about 2/3 of newly infected people, usually start 1-2 weeks after infection: sore throat, fever, lymph node swellings in several places, skin rash (non-itchy pink spots), mouth sores. Usually only some, but fever almost always. ARS is a poor indicator of new HIV; identical symptoms with many minor health conditions. ...Read more
Are you at risk?: Perhaps you have engaged recently in risky behavior and are concerned about your risk of contracting hiv. If that is true, get yourself tested regularly, regardless of symptoms. Acute HIV can present as a flu-like illness, but it may also go unnoticed. Protect yourself. ...Read more
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
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids),  a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more
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