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How Long Can You Have Hiv Before Symptoms
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
2-4 weeks: Generally 2 to 4 weeks after exposure. Some cases have presented up to 3 months after exposure. Acute HIV symptoms 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 may have been exposed to hiv, get tested! ...Read more
Depends...: The answer depends.... If you are talking about symptoms of acute hiv, these may occur within 2 to 4 weeks of infection and may last a week. However, not everyone gets the symptoms of acute hiv. If you are talking about symptoms of HIV associated with later more advanced disease, then usually this may take a few years before seeing symptoms like weight loss, fevers, night sweats. ...Read more
Several variables: Symptoms of HIV after infection can happen in as little as 3 days. Symptoms include weight loss, diarrhea, night sweats, fevers and rashes. It depends several many factors. How high the other persons viral load was that infected you. What's your baseline CD4 cell count is plays an important role too. If you have other illnesses may hasten the down spiral of HIV and thus symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Variable: Many people get a flu like illness 3-4 weeks after the initial infection. Then there is a variable period of asymptomatic infection and then some years later the person can have many symptoms due to infections, tumors, and the syndrome of aids. Not all patient have the initial flu like illness and unless tested, may have no symptoms for years. ...Read more
A large proportion: Of people infected with HIV will experience symptoms of fever, lymph node enlargement, sore throat, skin rash, muscle and joint aches, etc., within 2-4 weeks after exposure/infection. Symptoms often unrecognized as HIV as they are the same as many other common viral illnesses (influenza, etc).Perhaps 30+%, however, do not experience symptoms with initial infection. AIDS occurs usually years later ...Read more
AIDS HOW LONG/HIV IN: It varies from person to person. It can take months to years to apppear.50% of people infected with HIV will develop aids within next 10 years, but it is very variable these days once there is positive HIV test, there are suppressive antibiotics can be prescribed to prevent onset of full blown aids fda has just approved a drug (truvada) to prevent aids in sex partners of HIV patients. ...Read more
How soon can you experience HIV symptoms after infection and how long does it last persistently or on and off if so how far apart?
Variable: Most people will not show symptoms in the first few months. If left untreated, the disease will keep on progressing until it kills you. It is rare but a few people have been found to be resistant to HIV's effects but this are rare exceptions and not the rule. Practice safe sex if you are concerned. Get tested if you are in doubt. ...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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