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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. ...Read more
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
Do htlv & HIV have similar symptoms? Hiv neg 13 mos after possible exposure, but still having "classic" symptoms, wondering what else it could be.
What symptoms ?: Htlv and HIV are virus- they can give the same vague type of symptoms like other virus infection. Htlv infection is not common- unless if you do live in the endemic area- like in japan -for instance-then perhaps your risk is more relevant. My suggestion, if to f/u with your md and repeat the HIV test again. And please do practice safe sex ...Read more
I have a sore throat n runny nose but no fever or pain. Does this clear me of acute retroviral syndrome symptoms (hiv)?
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. ...Read moreSee 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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...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