Acute HIV-1 infection is an often-misdiagnosed cause of an acute flu-like or mono-like illness. Recognition has important implications in terms of treatment and prevention of transmission.
Referral for Acute HIV-infection testing should be considered in patients with a recent history of unprotected sexual activity, needle sharing, or other potential exposure to HIV
Have the presence of one or more of the following signs and symptoms:
- Oral, Genital, or Rectal Ulcers
- Exudative Pharyngitis
- Aseptic Meningitis Headache, Photophobia, Stiff Neck)
- Weight Loss
- Night Sweats
For Healthcare Providers
If you have a patient with a history of possible exposure to HIV
Symptoms consistent with early HIV infection, our project offers HIV counseling and screening through a research protocol.
Diagnosis of early HIV infection is made on the basis of the standard ELISA/Western Blot and HIV RNA PCR (viral load), which is currently not an approved test for diagnosis of acute HIV outside of a research study.