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If You Are a Physician and Would Like to Refer a Patient with Acute HIV

The Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center Primary Infection Program is interested in seeing patients who are within 6 months of acquiring HIV.

Most people who contract HIV infection have some symptoms approximately 2 weeks later. These may include some or all of the following:
  • Fever
  • Myalgia
  • Evanescent rash
  • Arthralgia
  • Lymphadenopathy
  • Night sweats
  • Meningoencephalitis
  • Pharyngitis
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms
  • Oral ulcers


The symptoms are very non-specific and some patients remain asymptomatic. Simultaneous testing for serology and the presence of HIV RNA is required to make the correct diagnosis of acute HIV infection. This can be done at ADARC free of charge and confidentially.

To diagnose early infection we use the detuned HIV antibody test, which allows us to determine that an infection is within 4 months or so of infection. Again, this test is performed by us, free of charge. Otherwise we rely on you or your patient to provide documentation of a negative HIV test within 6 months of presentation to ADARC.

To find out about current clinical trials for patients newly infected with HIV, click here.

Contact us:

Melissa La Mar: 212.327.7280
Dr. Markowitz: 212.448.5020 or 646.345.7774
Email: mmarkowitz@adarc.org