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HIV symptoms.

How many days after unprotected sex,a person can get early symptoms of acute HIV infection? What are all the symtoms a person could have?
I heard that most of the Hiv infected persons will get some symptoms like fever,cold,lymph swelling diahrea etc. with in 1 -3 weeks of infection for sure . and few people wont get any of these symptoms at all..

May i know approximately what percentage of people will get some symptoms for sure in first 2-3 weeks after unprotected sex and what percentage of people will not get any symptoms at all...

If a person is not getting any symptoms at all for first 2-3 weeks after unprotected sex,does that means 70-80% he is safe?


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1) May I know at what time frame the initial symptoms(high fever,sore throat,Rash) usually appears?

--> 2-4 weeks post-exposure; the earliest is 10 days. They will last for 1-2 weeks (or even longer in some cases), and will disappear afterward.

2) Does all these 3 symptoms appears together for all of 70-80% of infected people (who get symptoms) or they may get any of these 3?

--> Dr. Sean Cummings, after observing HIV patients in his years of practice, said that these 3 symptoms are most likely to appear altogether. There may be some other symptoms, such as swollen glands, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, but the 3 symptoms are the most common ones, with at least high fever definitely being present.

3) What about HIV rash??
I need more info on HIV rash.I did not get what is a rash? how it looks like? which color? big or small? bulgy? How does it feel? itchy? burning? painful?  how the HIV rash could be differentiated from normal rashes?

--> Rash is a change of the skin color. Its color is different from one person to another, depending on the color of your skin. HIV-associated rashes are painless and not itchy. You wouldn't even feel them. The rashes are extensive; they may spread all over the body or only on certain parts of the body, but look extensive and abundant. So if you find one or two red dots on your body, they don't count as HIV-associated rashes.

4)  At what time frame does the rash appears?
--> See no. 1.

5) I had an encounter 9 days back.It was a condom slip? I am not sure whether i reinserted my penis after the slip.... Anyway i will undergo an antibody test after 3 months....

--> Yes, you need to test after 3 months.

6) Yesterday i felt some itchy feelings near my chest,penis,buttocks,thighs and i noticed some sort of small black/brown colored pimple like things there.just one or two not much...
I am not sure if that is because of  my HIV fear....Could this stuffs be a HIV rash? Does HIV rash appears within 9 days of encounter?? What could be  the time frame?

--> Symptoms are NEVER reliable to detect the presence of HIV. Only an HIV test can tell whether or not you are infected.

All the best!
  
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I am on the same boat as you with how worried I am. As much as you get number and statistics its not gonna help. you just have too wait it out and get a test at 6 weeks which is almost conclusive then at 3 months to be 100%. It sux and if you and I come out of this ok we should both take this as a lesson to be safe and change our ways. Gloria a dios
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ars symptoms 2 to 4 weeks after infection and last for 1 to 2 weeks.High fever and rash on trunk-torso and limbs.However not every person who becomes infected with hiv has symptoms.Having no symptoms doesn,t rule out hiv infection,only a test at 3 months post-exposure can do that.Post your STD questions in the std forum.All the best.
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Sure. I will be taking the test in another 3 months for sure. But I just want to know that what percentage of people will get the initial symptoms for sure and what percentage remains asymptomatic?  can i say 80% get symtptoms and 20 % are asymptomatic?

I am looking for what is the case with majority of people?
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Well, I read somewhere on an American physicians website that those who show symptoms vary from 50-90% of newly infected people. Dr. Sean Cummings, one of the experts in this forum says that it amounts to 70% of the newly infected people. He also describes that the 3 most common symptoms which are likely to occur are: high fever, very sore throat, and rash. See: http://www.medhelp.org/user_journals/show/180278/HIV-Symptoms

So, to answer your question, the majority of newly infected people indeed will show symptoms, but definitely NOT all of them. The number of those who show symptoms varies from 70-90%, so that leaves some other 10-30% of newly infected people who don't experience symptoms at all. Therefore, the only way to find out whether or not you're infected is by getting yourself tested.  
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Thank you. This is exactly what i have been looking for...Very good statistics...

May I know at what time frame the initial symptoms(high fever,sore throat,Rash) usually appears? Does all these 3 symptoms appears together for all of 70-80% of infected people (who get symptoms) or they may get any of these 3?

Fever and sore throat could be easily identified....What about HIV rash??
I need more info on HIV rash.I did not get what is a rash? how it looks like? which color? big or small? bulgy? How does it feel? itchy? burning? painful?  how the HIV rash could be differentiated from normal rashes?

At what time frame does the rash appears?

I had an encounter 9 days back.It was a condom slip? I am not sure whether i reinserted my penis after the slip.... Anyway i will undergo an antibody test after 3 months....


Yesterday i felt some itchy feelings near my chest,penis,buttocks,thighs and i noticed some sort of small black/brown colored pimple like things there.just one or two not much...
I am not sure if that is because of  my HIV fear....Could this stuffs be a HIV rash? Does HIV rash appears within 9 days of encounter?? What could be  the time frame?



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i can ASSURE you that if you sit on the computer, reading and searching for hiv symptoms...your mind WILL create each and every symptom you read about.

the symptoms of early infection are the same symptoms as many common, everyday illnesses.  the ONLY way to know your status is by testing at the appropriate time and the ONLY way to know if you are having true ars symptoms is by getting a positive test result.
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Thank you rio Branco. For providng such a detailed response greAt!!
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Hi,

This is my  4th week after my condom slip.... I have not got any fever or sore throat or diahreaa or any other issues so far.. But today I noticed some white colors(not much extensive and abundant) on the side of my left knee.Not in any other parts.I am an indian and my skin color  is brownish. Can this white color stuffs be a HIV rash? Could someone please send some article/information on HIV rash? what are the possible colors it could be? In which color it appears for indian brown skin.? Which are HIV rashes and which are not ?

I heard that the main initial symtoms that will appear in 2-3 weeks after infection are high fever,sore throat and rashes all together. By any chance a rash itself can appear for the HIV infected ppl without fever and sore throat? I know even some of the infected ppl are asymptomatic (but only 10-20%)... .Please clarify.Anyway I will undergo an ELISA test in another 2 months.Is there any other tests that i can undergo now to get the confirmed result?  Is there any places in newjersey where they conduct free hiv testes?
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You NEVER HAD A RISK as Teak told you in your other thread. Slipping out of a condom upon withdraw is NOT a risk for HIV. You don't need HIV testing because you never had an exposure. Discussing HIV symptoms on forums is only going to fuel your anxiety as is evident by the fact that you have returned to this thread after someone provided you with a detailed response on HIV symptoms that is completely irrelevant to your situation because you never had unprotected sex and therefore could NOT have contracted HIV. You shouldn't be concerned about this at all and should just forget about this and move on with your life.

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by triptampa, Apr 25, 2011 10:13PM
I inserted my pennis into her vagina with condom.But while taking out my penis from her vagina,the condom got stuck in to her vagina and my penis came out as bare without condom. Is it still risky??
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Hi Joggen...

Thanks for the response Bro. I wont be worrying this much If I am pretty sure that i have not reinserted my penis after the condom lost. when i withdraw my penis,i noticed that the condom stuck into her vagina....But I remember(not sure though) that in between the intercourse before the final withdraw, i remember my penis came away from her vagina half way or full way out(due to lack of erection) couple of times and i reinserted again. I am not sure whether the condom was lost in those intermediate withdraws itself or only upon the final withdraw.In case if the condom was lost in her vagina on the first or second  withdraw itself and if i had reinserted my penis again,that is still risky right??....  Can you please explain whether the vagina will allow(have enough room ) my pennis if it already jammed with my lost condom in it?

Why I am worried these much is,I will be getting married in another 3-4 months. I want to make sure that I am good before my marriage. I dont want to spoil a girl's life...If in case if i come to know that i am infected,i should not marry or have sex with any one right??
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Hi,

I got tested for all the STDs including HIV in Quest labs.. I got everything as negative except HSV1.

I need a clarification on my HIV test result.

The following is the one i could see in my test report and it shows HIV 1/2 EIA AB SCREEN as non reactive. Please let me know what HIV testing is being conducted here?
Is it ELISA?I heard that 12 weeks(after exposure) is the window period for HIV testing to get a conclusive result.But I got tested in just 11 weeks(1 week short) from my previous sex exposure.Is the result(HIV negative) conclusive and final for me? Or do i have to get tested after sometime?

Appretiating ur help.

The following is my lab report.

HIV 1/2 EIA AB SCREEN NON-REACTIVE NON-REACTIVE  QHO

A Nonreactive HIV-1/2 antibody result does not
exclude HIV infection since the time frame for
seroconversion is variable. If acute HIV infection is
suspected, antibody retesting and nucleic acid
amplification (HIV DNA/RNA) testing is recommended.
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You never had a risk in the first place.

11 weeks can be regarded as conclusively negative.  The average for people to develop antibodies and test positive is 22 days.  The CDC still sticks with 3 months as they are covering their back sides but most experts would agree that 6 - 8 weeks is conclusively negative.
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Thank you for the confirmation. Pls let me know what is "HIV 1/2 EIA AB SCREEN" ?

Is it ELISA test?
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For every website that says an HIV rash is itch, there is another site that says it is not. Apparently, no one knows. Not really sure how HIV causes a rash anyway. I thought this "virus" attacks the immune system.
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