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Sign And Symptoms Of Hiv
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Last unprotected sex 2006, if i contacted hiv, what symptoms would i have now? Recently had exudative tonsillopharyngitis, is that a sign?
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Is dry icthy skin on the chest & shoulders a sign or symptom that I have hiv? Sometimes very ichty. But no rash just spots. Usually after a sunny day
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
Can mouth lesions in mouth be early sign of HIV no other symptoms whitish ulcer looking inside both corners of mouth?
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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