How Long Do Initial HIV Symptoms Last?

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Definition

Acute HIV infection is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), a virus that gradually destroys the immune system.


Alternative Names

Primary HIV infection; HIV seroconversion syndrome; Acute retroviral syndrome; HIV infection - acute


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Primary or acute HIV infection occurs 2 - 4 weeks after infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The virus is spread by:

  • Sexual contact
  • Contaminated blood transfusions and blood products
  • Injection drug...
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