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What are the first symptoms of hiv?

What are the first symptoms of hiv?

Acute HIV: Acute HIV symptoms occur soon after exposure to HIV and 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 could have hiv, get tested. ...Read more

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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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How much time it take to develop the first symptoms of hiv?

How much time it take to develop the first symptoms of hiv?

Variable: 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 first symptoms a person notices if they have hiv?

What are the first symptoms a person notices if they have hiv?

HIV infection: early: Many people who contract HIV first notice something wrong with a severe viral illness that includes fever, chills, muscle and other body aches. Now adays it is vital to know that infections can be prevented, jn many cases. If you have an exposure that could be high risk you should seek out medical attention immediately. Experts in HIV and stis can start you on a post exposure treatment! ...Read more

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Does the first symptoms of HIV after exposure (with condom of unknown persons status ) can include candida on men's penis? Or this shows up later?

Does the first symptoms of HIV after exposure  (with condom of unknown persons status ) can include candida on men's penis?  Or this shows up later?

Not usually: Although never say never...It is not my observance that this is a major way to present and I have a large HIV practice in ft. Lauderdale..Pretty much ground zero for HIV infections so to speak. Fever, chills, night sweats, weight loss, thrush and swollen lymph nodes are a common presentation. Diarrhea as well. These may occur in just ~30% of people. Many can be completely asymptomatic. ...Read more

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How long it take to show the first HIV symptom.

How long it take to show the first HIV symptom.

There is a range: One day to years. It really depends. Hiv testing is therefore very useful. Symptoms may or may not be present. Better be safe and check with your doc. ...Read more

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How to know when do first HIV symptoms start dissappearing?

How to know when do first HIV symptoms start dissappearing?

Varies: Difficult to answer. Depends on where youe cd4 (and %) and vl are. In very very general terms..If you have symptoms like thrush, weight loss, pneumonia, ks or the like....It may take 3-6 months for dramatic changes to be felt. ...Read more

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What are the first stage symptoms that indicate that a person has contracted hiv.?

Basic Info: At first, nothing happens. The virus must have time to multiply and spread before symptoms, if any, occur between 2wks to 3 months, one may experience acute retroviral syndrome: symptoms can include: •fever •chills •rashnight sweats •muscle aches •sore throat •fatigue •swollen lymph nodes •ulcers in the mouth after that, one may be asymptomatic for awhile {months to years} or develop aids. ...Read more

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Can stress and anxiety imitate many hiv first stage symptoms? How common is it that people afraid of hiv after unprotected vaginal sex actually have?

Can stress and anxiety imitate many hiv first stage symptoms? How common is it that people  afraid of hiv after unprotected vaginal sex actually have?

See your doctor : Many people experience anxiety about having a sexually transmitted disease after engaging in intercourse. You may want to discuss this with your doctor who can test you. Hopefully this will ease your mind. If you continue to be anxious, you may want to see a therapist. ...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