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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

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Hiv (Definition)

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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When before HIV symptoms start?

When before HIV symptoms start?

Varies per person.: Within a few weeks of being infected with hiv, some people develop flu-like symptoms that last for a week or two, but others have no symptoms at all. People living with HIV may appear and feel healthy for several years. However, even if they feel healthy, HIV is still affecting their bodies, and can be spread to other people. Swollen lymph glands and fatigue are common symptoms after a few years. ...Read more

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How long does HIV symptoms last?

How long does HIV symptoms last?

HIV: Symptoms of acute HIV disease, when they occur, are highly variable in duration and there is no way to predict in individual patients how long they are going to last. ...Read more

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How long could HIV symptoms occur?

Complicated answer: The question you asked is a difficult one. Only about 30% of people at initial infection will experience any kind of symptomatology such as night sweats lymph node swelling or diarrhea. In general terms it's believed to take anywhere from 5 to 10 years to effectively dismantle the immune system enough to start getting what we referred to as opportunistic and life-threatening infections. ...Read more

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When do HIV symptoms start to occur?

When do HIV symptoms start to occur?

Unique to person: 'Window period' between infection and showing signs of HIV related disease such as functional immune suppression with serious infections or development of malignancies or marked weight loss varies from person to person and in part depends upon the persons underlying health at time of infection and other factors such as nutrition. Typical time measured in years (like 5 to 6 years) without therapy. ...Read more

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Can HIV symptoms persist for 5months?

HIV: Without treatment HIV symptoms will persists until you die from an opportunistic infection. ...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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Can hiv symptoms start after 3-4 days?

Unlikely: Flu like symptoms may occur a few days to weeks after exposure, just 3-4 days would be highly exceptional. ...Read more

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What different HIV symptoms are common?

What different HIV symptoms are common?

Difficult to say: It is difficult to say exactly what are the common symptoms in someone with hiv. Some people may have absolutely no symptoms at the time of diagnosis. Typical common symptoms may be very nonspecific, such as fever, weight loss, cough, or rash. As you can tell, these may also represent a typical cold or flu. Thus, the general recommendation is if you are concerned about hiv/aids, get tested. ...Read more

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Does having HIV symptoms mean you have it?

No: "hiv symptoms" are very non-specific. For example, weight loss, fevers, night sweats, and/or chronic diarrhea could be symptoms of hiv, but they could also be symptoms of many other conditions. People had these symptoms well before 1981, when the aids epidemic began. Don't try to self-diagnose HIV based on symptoms: get a test. ...Read more

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What other condition can mimic HIV symptoms?

What other condition can mimic HIV symptoms?

Depends: In the initial stage, HIV has the same symptoms as Flu. Later it can mimic tumors, infections, malabsorption, dementia, pneumonia etc. ...Read more

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What other condition can mimic HIV symptoms?

Many things: The symptoms of a new HIV infection are nonspecific--that is, the same symptoms can be caused by many medical conditions. Most common are sore throat, fever, a non-itchy skin rash of red spots, and enlarged lymph nodes -- plus others. Most people with these symptoms have other viruses or non-infectious problems, even if at risk for HIV. Testing for HIV is the only way to know. See your doctor. ...Read more

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How long does it take for HIV symptoms to show?

Indeterminate: It can take several weeks/months to seroconvert positive after an exposure to hiv. Symptoms may not occur until even longer depending on the individuals current condition, etc. For example, if someone is already immonulogically compromised, then the may get symptoms quicker, whereas if someone is generally healthy, they may not show symptoms for quite some time. If exposed, see dr. ; get tested. ...Read more

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How long does it take for HIV symptoms to start?

Try not to fret: Rather than worry, seek counseling. If you did not have ubprotected sex - there is little cause for concern. It does take some time for an HIV test to be reliable, but there are no symptoms. The symptoms are seen when aids developes from the HIV condition. Get a good explanation at a clinic or read material online for a start. Keep using good protection and educate yourself - and relax! ...Read more

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For what length of time do early HIV symptoms last?

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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Can early HIV symptoms persist for more than 5months?

HIV infection: Please clarify. What are 'early symptoms' of hiv? Most people with new HIV infection do not have any symptoms. ...Read more

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How much time does it take before the HIV symptoms appear?

How much time does it take before the HIV symptoms appear?

HIV viremia: Most people do not get symptoms when they are exposed to HIV. But, if one gets symptoms, they would come about ten days after infection and would mimic the flu: muscle aches, fatigue, and perhaps a fine body rash. Remember HIV infection can now be fully prevented. Treatment started within 72 hours after exposure is effective. There is also now a pill to prevent HIV infection taken before exposure ...Read more

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How to know when do first HIV symptoms start dissappearing?

How to know when do first HIV symptoms start dissappearing?

Varies: Difficult to answer. Depends on where youe CD4 (and %) and vl are. In very very general terms. If you have symptoms like thrush, weight loss, pneumonia, ks or the like....It may take 3-6 months for dramatic changes to be felt. ...Read more

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Will HIV symptoms do occur within 8days of possible exposure?

Will HIV symptoms do occur within 8days of possible exposure?

HIV: Possible, but usually onset of symptoms of acute HIV infection occurs 2-4 wks after introduction of the virus into the body. ...Read more

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Can HIV symptoms start showing after three months since exposure?

No: Usually, HIV presents with a tonsillitis presentation about 4 weeks after initial exposure (fever, sore throat, body aches, lymph node enlargement) but then it subsides to emerge as aids years ago, although, cases of less latency (1-2 years) have been described. At 3 months, infected patients don't normally have any symptoms. ...Read more

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How long does it trake for early HIV symptoms to start showing up?

Probably 2 weeks: Early HIV symptoms associated with acute HIV infection may occur about 2 weeks after exposure. Symptoms may include fever, enlarged lymph nodes, sore throat, rash, muscle aches, fatigue, mouth and esophageal sores, and may also include, but less commonly, headache, nausea and vomiting, enlarged liver/spleen, weight loss, oral thrush, and neurological symptoms. ...Read more

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Prevailing HIV symptoms after negative test. What can be happening?

Need for evaluation: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful answer without a detailed history, physical examination and may be additional tests. It would be prudent to discuss the matter with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you experience HIV symptoms for 3 months and still test negative?

Can you experience HIV symptoms for 3 months and still test negative?

No, not possible: Everybody with a new HIV infection for 3 months has a positive blood test. In fact, the test is almost always positive by 4-6 weeks, depending on exactly what test (or comination of tests) is done. Also, everyone with symptoms from HIV has a positive test within 10 days of the start of symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me the HIV symptoms at one year possible exposure?

Generally none...: While some people infected with HIV for one year might have some symptoms (possibly mildly enlarged lymph glands and feeling tired), many people would be complete without symptoms. They could be infected without knowing and could pass the virus to others without knowing. ...Read more

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Is it possible to heal HIV symptoms as early as 8 days after possible exposure?

Heal or have Sxs?: I will answer when someone could have symptoms of acute hiv. Usually symptoms occur 2 -4 weeks after exposure but they can occur within 8 days. Often someone feels like they have the flu - run down, fever, sore throat, etc. The HIV virus can be detected in the blood within about 2 weeks, but the antibody can take 3-6 months to be detected. It is important to tell your provider if you are concerned. ...Read more

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If you feel that you're experiencing HIV symptoms, how soon should you be tested?

If you feel that you're experiencing HIV symptoms, how soon should you be tested?

Immediately: If someone has had a risky exposure (sex, drug use) and now feels like they have the flu but it is lasting longer than usual, think acute hiv. A health provider needs to be told that this is a concern, and they can send an HIV RNA (viral load) test as well as an antibody test. The HIV virus will be detectable weeks to months before the antibody is positive. ...Read more

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Could I have HIV and HIV symptoms and still test negative because it hasn't been 3 months?

Yes: It is still possible. Would see an infectious disease doctor who might order some other tests at this point that might clarify the situation. ...Read more

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What happens if I have had almost all HIV symptoms in 3 months time, does that mean I have it?

Misinformed>: Since you did not describe your symptoms then I cannot comment. I can just teach you that there are no common symptoms of an early HIV infection. If there are symptoms they are transient and not persistent. I'd love for you to share what specifically you are worrying about. ...Read more

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Is it possible for hiv symptoms to occur just 4 days after possible exposure then disappear (symptoms)After just 1 day??

Acute HIV.: There is such a thing as "acute retroviral syndrome", wherein symptoms of a flu-like illness along with diffuse lymph node enlargements can occur during the first week after contact. But symptoms of that generally last more than just one day. If there's a concerning sexual contact, though, get to a doctor right away for acute HIV testing. ...Read more

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What are the acute HIV symptoms?

Acute HIV: Acute symptoms of infection may range from nothing to vague symptoms of flu like illness including but not limited to fever, malaise, rash, joint and muscle aches, sore throat etc. ...Read more

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Can acute HIV symptoms show up in 2 different occasions?

Acute HIV infection: Acute HIV infection is like having the worst flu of your life. But, this symptom does not occur in every case. Sometimes people do not have symptoms when they get the infection.
Rashes, fevers, muscle and body aches with significant fatigue is the norm. ...Read more

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Tested for HIV after 1 month and came out negative. Still showing HIV symptoms--- should I get tested again?

You could, but...: People who tell me they have "symptoms of hiv" rarely have hiv. If your test was a month after your last exposure, you can certainly get retested. But a test at one month is highly sensitive. ...Read more

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Can someone have acute HIV symptoms for a day or two but then stop? Would this be something else? How long do acute HIV symptoms usually last?

Very variable: Many people do not have any symptoms of acute HIV infections. The type of symptoms and duration is also very variable. If you have any doubt, get an HIV nucleic acid test through your doctor. You may consult this site for more info on this topic.
http://www. Med. Unc. Edu/infdis/actu/current-studies/acute-hiv ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Definition)

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids), [1][2] a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more