I am very curious. I have read many conflicting things on the internet about the asymptomatic time period of hiv, I have read the average amount of years before you develop AIDS without treatment is 10 years. What is the average amount of time before most people know they have hiv (develop symptoms that alert them) and does this differ by age at time of infection. Do people in their 20's differ from those in their 40's 50's and even 60's?
Good question. People begin to get sick due to HIV as their immune function deteriorates due to the effects of the virus on the immune system. The marker for this deterioration, in the broadest and most general sense is the CD4 lymphocyte count which, while fluctuating on a daily basis, tends to deteriorate slowly over time. The average time for the deterioration to occur to the state where people begin to get the sorts of infections which define AIDS is about 10 years. Like all average figures, the rate of decline varies from person to person as does individual susceptibility to various infections but this is a general overview of what happens. Whether immunity deteriorates somewhat (but not necessarily dramatically)faster in older persons is unclear but there is some evidence that this may be the case. EWH
I would assume that most often years before you develop AIDS defining illnesses you would know something was wrong? Is there a loose time frame for this? Sometimes I think that some of the websites are hell bent on scaring people.
You are correct abou the web sites. The reason we promote testing is because often there are not other signs before people develop AIDS-defining illnesses. In fact, on this forum we spend a tremendous time trying to explain to peole that the proper way to evaluate for HIV is with blood tests, not based on symptoms. EWH
Copyright 1994-2018MedHelp.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Vitals Consumer Services, LLC.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. MedHelp is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.