What is the difference between symptomatic and asymptomatic HIV?

What is the difference between symptomatic and asymptomatic HIV?

In the slightly different system of the CDC, it is also described as stage 1 (but defined in terms of a CD4 cell count above 500). ‘Asymptomatic’ means ‘without symptoms’. It does not mean HIV is not having an effect on your immune system, just that there are no outward signs or symptoms.

How long can HIV remain asymptomatic?

It’s also referred to as asymptomatic HIV infection due to a noticeable lack of symptoms. This lack of symptoms includes possible chronic symptoms. According to HIV.gov, latency in HIV infection can last for 10 or 15 years.

Are most HIV cases asymptomatic?

Asymptomatic infection — An estimated 10 to 60 percent of individuals with early HIV infection will not experience symptoms [1], although the exact proportion is difficult to estimate since patients generally come to attention because of symptoms, and thus asymptomatic infections often remain undetected.

What are the symptoms of asymptomatic HIV?

Some people don’t get any symptoms during stages 1 and 2, and may not know they have the virus, but they can still pass on HIV….Symptoms can include:

  • weight loss.
  • chronic diarrhoea.
  • night sweats.
  • fever.
  • persistent cough.
  • mouth and skin problems.
  • regular infections.
  • serious illness or disease.

What are the four stages of HIV?

Primary infection stage

  • Clinically asymptomatic stage
  • Symptomatic HIV infection
  • Progression from HIV to AIDS.
  • What occurs during the a symptomatic stage of HIV infection?

    Symptoms and stages of HIV infection There are three stages of HIV infection. Stage 1 after initial infection can feel like flu – but not everyone will experience this. Stage 2 is when many people start to feel better and may last for 10 years or more. Stage 3 is when a person’s immune system is very badly damaged and can no longer fight off serious infections and illnesses.