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What are the initial symptoms of HIV and what is the minimum window in which it can be detected after unprotected encounter with opposite or same sex?

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Dr. Susan Lurie
Family Medicine
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In brief: Flu-like

The initial symptoms of HIV may be very nonspecific, such as flu-like symptoms; muscle aches, fatigue, low-grade fever, lymphadenopathy.
The minimum window for detecting HIV is about one month, however, seronegative patients who are suspicious of exposure to HIV should be retested after 3-6 months due to possible later seroconversion. Be safe. Practice safe sex, use condoms!

In brief: Flu-like

The initial symptoms of HIV may be very nonspecific, such as flu-like symptoms; muscle aches, fatigue, low-grade fever, lymphadenopathy.
The minimum window for detecting HIV is about one month, however, seronegative patients who are suspicious of exposure to HIV should be retested after 3-6 months due to possible later seroconversion. Be safe. Practice safe sex, use condoms!
Dr. Susan Lurie
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Testing for viral nucleic acids may allow diagnosis beflore patient develops antibodies. It reduces the window by a few days only.
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice

In brief: HIV DNA by PCR

When hospital workers are stuck with needles contaminated by HIV positive patients, they get a blood test called HIV dna by pcr which can tell if you have been infected within the last week.
Antibody tests take up to 6 months to turn positive after HIV exposure. The HIV dna by pcr test is available at stdtestexpress.Com.

In brief: HIV DNA by PCR

When hospital workers are stuck with needles contaminated by HIV positive patients, they get a blood test called HIV dna by pcr which can tell if you have been infected within the last week.
Antibody tests take up to 6 months to turn positive after HIV exposure. The HIV dna by pcr test is available at stdtestexpress.Com.
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