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Acute retroviral syndrome (ARS) is the first stage of infection
with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Symptoms of acute retroviral
syndrome are similar to the flu (such as headache, nausea, diarrhea, and body
aches) and disappear on their own within weeks.
symptoms of acute retroviral syndrome may disappear, a person is still infected
with HIV and can spread the infection. Although there currently is no cure for
HIV infection, a combination of medicines called antiretroviral
therapy (ART) can help people with HIV stay healthy and live an active life.
Current as of:
May 22, 2015
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Peter Shalit, MD, PhD - Internal Medicine
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