Difficult to detect early HIV without blood tests, BC researchers say

A study led by BC researchers published Tuesday concludes that early HIV infections are more difficult to detect than previously thought by observing symptoms alone.

Within the first six months of infection, symptoms can include genital ulcers, weight loss, vomiting and swollen lymph nodes, according to the study in this week's edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, It examined 16 previously published research papers covering a total of 24,745 patients, 1,253 of whom had an early HIV infection.

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