Acute HIV infection. A Text to Clarify a Cloudy Spot

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Acute HIV infection

Acute HIV infection is a topic beyond distressing and painful for people who have experienced the fear of having contracted HIV. I read a story in the Universe On Line that deals with this, superficially, and although I am not a doctor or a health professional, I am not an idiot and I learn while I live and live intensely and madly! See:

I went to bed the 23: 45, I woke up at 2: 38 in the morning.

Sleep has left me, I think he does not like me very much, and to make matters worse, sleeping has always been a problem. A problem that was born when I was still a teenager, and one winter night I decided to lie down on the bars of the Copam underground, because I could not explain, there was hot air.

But…. Someone woke me up with a kick in the abdomen hearing a stupid and senseless cry:

Go work you bum!

And that was, in fact, what I wanted most. A job….

I know that a lot of people lose sleep because of this problem, the primary HIV infection and the immune window, and frankly I hope to calm those who live like that.

Key Points

  • The symptoms of recent HIV infection are the same in men and women.
  • A flu-like illness can appear within a month of infection.
  • The most common symptoms are fever, swollen glands, muscle aches and tiredness.
  • Early HIV infection can cause flu-like symptoms.
  • Some tests are better able to detect HIV after a recent infection than others.
  • HIV multiplies rapidly during the initial phase and weakens the immune system.
  • Starting the treatment soon after the diagnosis prevents infecting others and protects the immune system.
  • Early HIV infection can cause flu-like symptoms.
  • Some tests are better able to detect HIV after a recent infection than others.
  • HIV multiplies rapidly during the initial phase and weakens the immune system.
  • Starting the treatment soon after the diagnosis prevents infecting others and protects the immune system.
  • Early HIV infection can cause flu-like symptoms.
  • Some tests are better able to detect HIV after a recent infection than others.
  • HIV multiplies rapidly during the initial phase and weakens the immune system.
  • Starting the treatment soon after the diagnosis prevents infecting others and protects the immune system.

Once infected with HIV, the virus takes care of your body multiplying rapidly. Your immune system responds by producing antibodies in response to the virus.

This period is known as seroconversion. Antibodies appear within one to two weeks and will continue to increase in the months after infection. Seroconversion occurs within three weeks in most infected individuals.

Seroconversion is often, but not always, accompanied by a flu-like illness. This happens in at least half of the people infected with HIV, but it can happen in 80-90% of all infections. Symptoms usually appear within a month of infection and tend to disappear within two to three weeks.

"These symptoms are not a reliable way to identify seroconversion, diagnose HIV infection, or rule it out. You need to get tested for HIV. "

  • Symptoms may include:
  • Fever
  • Swollen glands
  • Muscle aches
  • Tiredness
  • Eruption (usually reddish, small flat spots that do not itch)
  • Oral thrush
  • Weight loss
  • Joint pain
  • Sore throat
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea
  • Headache
  • or thrush
  • night sweats
  • Involvement of the nervous system (meningitis or encephalitis).

The most commonly experienced symptoms are fever, swollen glands, muscle aches e tiredness.

Translated by Cláudio Souza, from the original Acute and primary HIV infection written by Krishen Samuel in May of 2019

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