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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?

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. Sanjiv Kaul
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Hiv (Definition)

HIV is also known as HIV/AIDS. 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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How long would a sore throat caused by acute hiv last? What if I haven't had any other symptoms?

How long would a sore throat caused by acute hiv last? What if I haven't had any other symptoms?

Why do you ask?: I believe we have already visited. A simple sore throat without systemic signs is very, very unlikely to be HIV. Only you know whether you had a risky exposure a few weeks ago. If you did, you need to get a state-of-the-art HIV test simply because you're anxious. If you're okay, be glad, love more carefully from now on, talk about your anxiety with ur Dr, and resolve not to let fear dominate you ...Read more

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Living with HIV (Checklist)

Find a doctor specializing in HIV treatment
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Get organized and keep a diary about your daily activities and schedule
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Keep track of what you eat and drink, and when you exercise and sleep
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Talk with your doctor about latest treatment options
Monthly
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How long does acute HIV rash last?

How long does acute HIV rash last?

HIV: Acute HIV rashes may last up to 6 weeks, but again this is highly variable from individual to individual. ...Read more

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Acute HIV rash lasts for how long?

A few weeks: Not all patients have acute HIV symptoms. Acute infection symptoms usually last a few weeks. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hiv-aids/ds00005/dsection=symptoms. ...Read more

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Living with HIV (Checklist)

Secure insurance or support for paying for antiretroviral medication
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Commit to taking antiretrovirals without stopping
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Know your CD4 count and why it's important
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Know your HIV viral load and why it's important
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How long does fever associated with acute HIV last?

How long does fever associated with acute HIV last?

Variable: Many people have no symptoms in the acute phase, those who get some, have a flu like illness that may last a few days to a few months. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hiv-aids/ds00005/dsection=symptoms. ...Read more

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How long can a recurring acute HIV rash last?

How long can a recurring acute HIV rash last?

HIV rash: You need to see your doctor to determine if indeed this is an HIV rash and not related to some other concomittant infection, get the proper diagnosis first. ...Read more

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Living with HIV (Checklist)

TAKING YOUR HIV MEDICATION
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FLU SHOT
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PNEUMONIA SHOT (PNEUMOVAX)
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DAILY EXERCISE SUCH AS WALKING
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How severe is joint and muscle pain in acute HIV infection and how long does it last? Can it be generalized joint pain without inflammation?

How severe is joint and muscle pain in acute HIV infection and how long does it last?  Can it be generalized joint pain without inflammation?

Very variable: Signs and symptoms of HIV infection are very variable and it is not feasible to describe in this forum. Please consult this site for info and if you have any doubt, see your doctor to get tested. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hiv-aids/basics/symptoms/con-20013732 ...Read more

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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Definition)

Human immunodeficiency virus is also known as HIV/AIDS. 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

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