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What are the signs and symptoms from HIV virus?

What are the signs and symptoms from HIV virus?

Quite variable: In acute HIV infection, a variety of symptom complexes can occur including a mono like illness but after that the person may be totally asymptomatic for 5-10 years until signs of immune deficiency developed. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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If I'm showing signs and symptoms of hiv, even if its before the window period is up, will I be able to test positive?

Depends: It is very unlikely that your symptoms are due to HIV, if you are in the window period. By definition, antibody tests are negative in the window period. If you get a HIV nucleic acid test, that is the earliest test to turn positive in a person with HIV. But a negative result on a test done too soon does not rule out infection. Visit this site for info. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/testing.html ...Read more

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Is heartburn and acid reflux a common sign or symptoms of hiv?

Is heartburn and acid reflux a common sign or symptoms of hiv?

Not related: HIV does not present with acid reflux or heartburn. The acute signs of HIV conversion are usually fatigue, fever, lumps (enlarged lymph nodes), malaise, and sometimes rash. The bottom line HIV and acid reflux are not related. If you think you have been exposed to HIV please get tested for it as well as other sexually transmitted diseases. ...Read more

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I had unprotected sex and caught genital herpes, i'm wondering what are the signs or symptoms of HIV ?

I had unprotected sex and caught genital herpes, i'm wondering what are the signs or symptoms of HIV ?

Stop: Having unprotected sex. Also, you need to not have sex or other risky activity for at least 6 weeks. This is the time frame for converting to an HIV positive state. Wait the six weeks, get the test, and if it is negative, consider yourself lucky, and stop having unprotected sex. ...Read more

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I was wondering why does the suggestions tab suggest HIV and aids for me? Do I have signs and symptoms of the hiv? Is there something i don't know?

I was wondering why does the suggestions tab suggest HIV and aids for me? Do I have signs and symptoms of the hiv? Is there something i don't know?

HIV Risks: Hi this may be a mistake. Looking at the limited history you have provided here on healthtap it sure looks like you are not at risk. The ways people get HIV is to either have a blood to blood exposure such as sharing needles for illicit drug use or to have unprotected sexual intercourse with someone who is infected. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of HIV and how early to see the signs? Also, can HIV be contracted without symptoms?

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

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Can you tell me the early signs and symptom of HIV in a female?

Can you tell me the early signs and symptom of HIV in a female?

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

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What are symptoms and signs of aids 1-6 months after getting hiv?

What are symptoms and signs of aids 1-6 months after getting hiv?

May be none: Symptoms may be totally non-existent for years after getting HIV infected, because most are a result of prolonged progressive damage to the immune system. Signs are predominantly laboratory data, showing decrease in cd4 counts, increased viral loads, etc. There may be physical findings of enlarged lymph nodes or spleen but these are quite variable. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of a person who has been affected by hiv?

What are the signs and symptoms of a person who has been affected by hiv?

Many: The acute illness may look like the 'flu perhaps with a rash. The chronic illness may have no signs until later when diarrhea, big lymph nodes, mental changes and eventually infections and/or Kaposi's sarcoma appear. You cannot detect HIV in someone else, or yourself, accurately without testing, which nowadays is very reliable; if there are questions, you own it to yourself & others to be certain. ...Read more

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For what length of time can a person be HIV positive without having any physical symptoms/signs?

For what length of time can a person be HIV positive without having any physical symptoms/signs?

Sometimes Years: There are some people called "slow progressors" that never develop any signs or symptoms of HIV infection & they are often surprised to find from routine bloodwork that they are positive for hiv. These people can, however, pass along the virus. That is why it is important for anyone the is sexually active in a non-monogomous relationship to be tested regularly. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have syphilis without any symptoms or signs? Is combo HIV test 4 the generation conclusive at37 days?

Is it possible to have syphilis without any symptoms or signs?

Is combo HIV test 4 the generation conclusive at37 days?

Yes and yes: Most cases of syphilis are asymptomatic most of the time. If you think you might have been exposed, you need a blood test. If recently exposed, wait until 6 weeks later. The 4th generation HIV blood tests (also called "combo", "duo", antigen-antibody tests) turn positife within 4 weeks of infection, so a negative result at 37 days is conclusive. ...Read more

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What are the signs an symptoms I should look for if I am expose to a STD or hiv ?

Twelve STDs: This question is way to general for this simple app. There are twelve common stds. They have distinctive symptoms and different ways to prevent such as condoms, vaccination, medication suppression, etc. I invite all of my patients to take the time to learn the basics. Now, if you have specific symptoms you are worrying about please re-ask this question. ...Read more

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Last unprotected sex 2006, if i contacted hiv, what symptoms would i have now? Recently had exudative tonsillopharyngitis, is that a sign?

Last unprotected sex 2006, if i contacted hiv, what symptoms would i have now? Recently had exudative tonsillopharyngitis, is that a sign?

Get tested: This isn't how advancing HIV infection announces itself. However, how you feel now is moot. You're worried about HIV and you owe it to yourself to get yourself a proper screening test now. ...Read more

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A chest n abdonemen red blotches about 2 wks is this a possible sign of HIV or does other symptoms have to accompany a rash for possible HIV?

A chest n abdonemen red blotches about 2 wks is this a possible sign of HIV or does other symptoms have to accompany a rash for possible HIV?

Get tested: As I mentioned earlier, rashes can occur at any stage of the disease, or not at all. If you have any concern, get tested, there are effective treatments available for HIV infection. ...Read more

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Are digestive symptoms sometimes a sign of HIV infection?

Depends: Some symptoms such as unexplained weight loss, chronic diarrhea, or pain with swallowing (odynophagia) may represent an opportunistic infection in a personal with HIV infection. If you have a concern about a digestive symptom and HIV infection, you should talk to your health provider about it and consider being testing for HIV infection. ...Read more

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I had a HIV PCR RNA test done 14 days after high risk exposure and symptoms the result came back negative is this a good sign?

I had a HIV PCR RNA test done 14 days after high risk exposure and symptoms the result came back negative is this a good sign?

Yes: Repeat it in a few more weeks as your physician advises. Love safely from now on. And cherish having shared love, even if it was not perfect and did put you at risk. ...Read more

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Hello. I was wondering if my symptoms maybe signs of hiv. I discovered I had a cut on my neck by spraying perfume and experience burning to the cut. T?

Hello. I was wondering if my symptoms maybe signs of hiv. I discovered I had a cut on my neck by spraying perfume and experience burning to the cut. T?

Yikes! and NO: OK, for starters, spraying perfume, which contains alcohol, on a cut, is definitely gonna sting. That you would associate this random event with HIV tells me you are obsessed or at least concerned you could have HIV because of an event or events where you think you could have been exposed. Get tested, read up on how HIV is transmitted, and how to prevent it. Most infected go years without symptoms ...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