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200 Patients With Acute HIV Infection Present to the Emergency Department With Nonspecific Symptoms

      During acute HIV infection, individuals develop acute symptoms and seek care in acute care settings, such as the emergency department. Acute HIV infection symptoms are similar to those of a nonspecific flu-like illness, including fever, malaise, headache, sore throat, nausea, diarrhea, and weight loss. These symptoms, in conjunction with a positive 4th generation HIV test and historical data indicating risk factors for acquiring HIV, are suggestive of acute HIV infection. The objective of this study is to describe the demographics and presenting clinical symptoms of patients diagnosed with acute HIV infection in an urban emergency department in Los Angeles.
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