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How long does it takes to the symptoms of the HIV to appear?


How long does it takes to the symptoms of the HIV to appear?

Acute Retroviral Syndrome (ARS)

This strikes you as a flu-like sickness usually about 2 to 4 weeks following initial infection. The symptoms usually last 3 to 14 days and go away on their own, just like the flu. It is estimated 50% to 90% of persons infected will get this syndrome. The most common symptoms are fever (fever means 100藲F or higher), sore throat, swollen glands in the neck, armpits and groin, muscle and joint pains, rash and/or night sweats. Less common symptoms include weight loss (10 to 15 pounds), diarrhea, nausea, headache, and, very rarely, yeast infections of the mouth (thrush). Respiratory things like runny nose, sinus infection, coughing, sneezing, etc. are not generally considered symptoms of this syndrome.

The symptoms do not generally last longer than 14 days and will rarely occur 6 or more weeks after exposure. The symptoms may range from mild to severe, but mild symptoms will typically last a shorter period of time than severe ones, and the symptoms that are going to occur usually do so all at once. After this period, you most likely will not get another HIV-related illness for 10 or more years; however, there have been rare cases where the person went directly into AIDS following ARS.

All of these symptoms may be caused by other factors, including the flu or stress. You cannot diagnose HIV based on symptoms, only by testing; however, if you experience these symptoms after a high-risk encounter, you may want to see your doctor.


How soon after exposure to HIV will symptoms appear?


More persistent or severe symptoms may not surface for 10 years or more after HIV first enters the body in adults, and within 2 years in children born with HIV. This period of "asymptomatic" infection is variable, however, and can depend on many factors, including a person's health status and their health-related behaviors. Some people may begin to have symptoms in as soon as a few months, whereas others may be symptom-free for more than 10 years. During the asymptomatic period, however, HIV is actively infecting and killing cells of the immune system. HIV's effect is seen most obviously by measuring the levels of T cells in the blood -- the immune system's key infection fighters. The virus initially disables or destroys these cells without causing symptoms.

There is a two year gestation period in which it can rear its ugly head initially. After that, your lifestyle and the drugs prescribed will determiine when it will become full blown AIDS.
You must be checked at least 3 times within the twos years after each sexual encounter to be sure you have not contracted HIV virus. We could beat the virus in two generations in humans went menogomus.

It can lay dormant for years and years without anyone ever knowing about it. Its a very sad thing.

Honesty, for the symptoms of AIDS to appear depends on the person and the strain of HIV as well as treatment and patient responce to treatment. Seroconversion is another matter. Here is the info you need on that:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HIV

I believe you are thinking about AIDS as a cluster of symptoms caused by the HIV virus...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aids

about three weeks after infection, the person will experience flu-like symptoms and a rash. these resolve over a period of just a few days, and are generally ignored. actual signs and symptoms, such as weight loss, recurrent yeast infections in women, thrush, Kaposi' sarcoma and pneumonia may not appear for many years. if you think you have been exposed, you should be tested. if you get negative results, you should retest at six months, as it is possible to be infected, but have a low viral load(count) for the first few months. contact your local AIDS network for confidential testing, or call your local health department. you will be required to return for your results, so, do not panic when you are called for a return appointment. if your name is any indication of your lifestyle, you should think very long and hard about the dangers of unprotected sex.

Your question can be answered several ways.....HIV can lay dormant in the body for 10 years and then appear...so thus the reason for "safe sex"....Once it is active in the body symptoms may appear within 3 weeks...loss of appetite, fever, night sweats, fatigue...and many more but these are the symptoms that normally take people to the Dr....You can also be a carrier of the HIV virus and never have any symptoms but still be able to pass it on to others.....

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