Asymptomatic HIV infection - Overview
HIV infection - asymptomatic
Definition of Asymptomatic HIV infection:
Asymptomatic HIV infection is a phase of chronic infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) during which there are no symptoms of HIV infection.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors:
Asymptomatic HIV infection is a period of time, which varies in length from person to person, in which the immune system slowly deteriorates but there are no symptoms.
The length of this phase varies depending on how quickly the HIV virus is copying itself and the individual's genetic differences that affect the way his or her immune system handles the virus.
Some people can go 10 years or longer without symptoms, while others may have symptoms and worsening immune function within a few years after the original infection.
- Reviewed last on: 12/1/2009
- David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Assistant in Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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