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Hiv Symptoms After 8 Months
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.
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
Why do 1 out of 8 people not know if they have HIV? How does the 7 out of 8 people find out or know? When do early symptoms occur? What are they?
Great question: Several reasons explain the CDC's stat of 13% HIV infected individuals unaware of any problem. 1. Lack of education on basic facts of HIV of people. 2. Riskier behaviors now seen in people 13-24 years. 3. HIV testing in ALL individuals must be offered as part of routine blood work when infectious diseases are being screened. Write to me with more questions at: www. Healthtap. Com/dr-drssaghafiSee 1 more doctor answer
Rna test at 6 weeks negative and 4th gen. Test at 8 weeks. A lot of symptoms. Hiv possible exposure. How conclusive are these tests?
Still time to go: A true negative is after 6 months.
Don't wait!: Don't wait for the symptoms of HIV to show up - get tested if you could be at risk (risk factors: unprotected sex, needle sharing). A few weeks after contracting the virus, HIV causes a flu-like syndrome (fevers, malaise). Then the virus can lie dormant for years before causing life-threatening infections of the lung, brain, and other organs due to the body's damaged and decreased immunity.See 1 more doctor answer
HIV: Acute HIV disease may present as a mononucleosis-like syndrome, may have neurological findings, but is often asymptomatic. Late in the course of HIV disease the symptoms are related to the infections and other conditions associated with immune deficiency. If you are concerned that you may have been exposed the best thing to do is to go and be tested.
Acute or chronic?: Acute HIV can look like a lingering flu-like syndrome, with fevers, chills, night sweats, sore throat, fatigue, rash, abdominal pain or nausea, etc. This can be diagnosed with an HIV antibody or viral load test. Chronic HIV may be asymptomatic, or may show weight loss, fatigue, night sweats, swollen lymph nodes, yeast infections, or skin problems. Every adult should have at least one HIV test.
HIV: Acute HIV infection often presents with symptoms of a mononucleosis-like syndrome, with fever, enlarged lymph nodes, fatigue, muscle aches, etc., but can present with neurological symptoms or almost anything, but is often without any symptoms. Hiv/aids can present with any symptoms depending upon the secondary infection or malignancy which may occur.
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!
There are many.: Symptoms of HIV can vary greatly. During acute infection only about 30% of people experience anything you would call a symptom such as fevers night sweats chills and swelling of lymph nodes over their body. Severe weight loss and diarrhea are usually more progressive signs of infection present usually after months to years. Skin cancers such as kaposi's sarcoma can also arise but these are all.
Flu-like: Commonly there are no symptoms in early HIV infection. A month or two later one can have flulike symptoms such as fever, chills, fatigue, swollen lymphnodes, achy joints and muscles, diarrhea among other symptoms. If you have had unprotected sex and you are worried, it is best to be checked for HIV and Hepatitis and other sexually transmitted diseases
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.
Consult physician: The majority of people infected by HIV develop flu-like illness within 1 or 2 mo. After the virus enters the body.Acute HIV infection, may last for a few weeks. Possible symptoms include: fever, muscle soreness, rash, headache, sore throat, mouth or genital ulcers, swollen lymph glands, mainly in neckjoint pain, night sweats, and diarrhea.Other infections can cause sore throat, swollen glands, night sweats.
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.
Acute HIV: Acute HIV symptoms occur soon after exposure to HIV and include "flu like symptoms" such as fever, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat, rash, muscle pain, malaise, mouth/esophageal sores. These symptoms last for a few weeks, and then patients largely do not have any symptoms. If you think you could have hiv, get tested.See 1 more doctor answer
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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