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HIV Timing Question

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question: Hi, please reply would mean world to me and my boyfriend who needs some answers, so even if these instances were true in a regular 20 year old male you would not die from AIDS OR ARS in the first three month window period after exposure(waiting testing) adult is infected with a large amount of HIV Contaminated fluid eg. 1 liter or if they are infected by fluid from a hiv positive person more than once within the window period, or if they are infected with more than one strain or subtype of the virus, thankyou.

Answer: 

Thank you for using AIDS Vancouver to stay informed about HIV/AIDS information.

To begin, I will explain HIV is a virus that is transmitted when specific bodily fluids (e.g. blood, semen, pre-cum, rectal fluids, vaginal fluids, breast milk) directly access the bloodstream (through the vagina, urethra in the penis, anus, points of needle injection, [open cuts/sores/other mucousal membranes]) during a high-risk activity (e.g. unprotected sex, points of needle injection, breast-feeding). Many individuals who are living with HIV (in North America) are able to live healthy lives when they adhere to the recommendations of their healthcare professional(s) and are able to access modern antiretroviral medication. I recommend browsing our Undetectable pages to find more information about this exciting scientific development: http://www.aidsvancouver.org/undetectable

ARS (Acute Retroviral Syndrome) refers to a broad scope of symptoms that have been formally associated with HIV. However, these symptoms are not reliable, since some individuals experience a strong flu-like illness 2-6 weeks post-exposure (which disappears after 8 to 10 days), and other individuals experience no symptoms whatsoever. The only way to be sure of your status is to be tested for HIV by a healthcare professional.

AIDS (Acquired Immonodeficiency Syndrome) occurs when one or more opportunistic infection (such as pneumonia) is acquired by a person who is living with HIV. As the immune system weakens, people that have been living with HIV for an extended period of time are eventually unable to fight off such infections. However, thanks to modern antiretroviral medication, the outcome of AIDS is no longer inevitable for people who are living with HIV. To answer your question further, AIDS does not occur immediatly post-exposure.

I trust I have addressed your concerns. Feel free to write back to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline, or visit www.aidsvancouver.org for more information.

Sincerely,

Marta

AIDS Vancouver Volunteer