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What are the first signs of hiv?

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Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
It depends: Symptoms often develop within 2 to 4 weeks after transmission of hiv. Unfortunately some patients never have any symptoms of the virus until years later. When the symptoms are present early they are non-specific & resemble a general viral syndrome, mononucleosis or the "flu". Common symptoms of fever, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, headache, rash, weakness & nerve problems resolve on their own.
Dr. Henry Selke
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 17 years experience
...: When someone is first infected with HIV they can have a flu-like illness. People can live many years without having any symptoms until their immune system gets weak from HIV and they develop an opportunistic infection (like thrush or pcp) or cancer. If concerned about HIV exposure, see a doctor about getting tested. There are effective treatment options for hiv.

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What are the signs of hiv?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 24 years experience
May not be any...: Early, acute, significant viremia (big load of hiv) may cause a "viral syndrome" similar to that of flu, but often a bit longer duration. Many people actually don't feel anything and thus don't know they got infected. Often they remain healthy/symptom free for yrs and this is one of the dangers of HIV transmission: people don't know. Thus, take precaution. Protect yourself/partner. Consult doc.

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