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Case 1: Acute (Primary) HIV Infection

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C Patients recently infected with HIV typically have plasma HIV RNA levels greater than 50,000 copies/ml within 4 weeks of acquiring HIV.

This answer is correct. Persons who become infected with HIV can develop detectable viremia within 12 days of the time of acquiring HIV. The time between infection and the presence of HIV RNA in plasma is known as the "eclipse period". The early viremia is generally poorly controlled, with the plasma HV RNA typically increasing to a level greater than 100,000 copies/ml within 14-28 days of the initial infection.

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