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MEDICAL UPDATE: Signs of HIV Seroconversion


Being Alive 1993 Jun 5: 1

Medical researchers estimate that at least half of people who seroconvert experience a flu-like illness at the time of initial infection. Fever, headache, muscle aches and the like are common symptoms. In addition to the flu-related symptoms, there is often a skin rash.

Researchers report that CD4 count can drop precipitously at the point of initial infection. It takes the immune system some time to mount its response and produce antibodies. In the meantime, the body is vulnerable to infection. Oral thrush has been observed in those who have recently seroconverted. And some researchers even report cases of PCP in those newly infected. 


Information in this article was accurate in June 5, 1993. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.