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HIV infections in otolaryngology

Ireneusz Rzewnicki, Ewa Olszewska, Dorota Rogowska-Szadkowska

Med Sci Monit 2012; 18(3): RA17-21

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.882505

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection may produce no clinical symptoms for 10 years on average. However, after many years of infection most people develop symptoms that indicate progression of the disease. There are no regular characteristic symptoms or early stage, and no logical sequence of AIDS indicator disorders has been observed. People who are not aware of the infection are referred to physicians of various specializations, including otolaryngologists. It is on their knowledge about HIV infections, among other factors, that early diagnosis of the disease depends. Appropriate and quick introduction of anti-retroviral drugs may let a person with HIV live decades longer.

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