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what are the first signs of hiv?

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Dr. Booth Wainscoat
20 years experience Infectious Disease
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.
Answered on Apr 25, 2018
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Dr. Henry Selke
15 years experience Infectious Disease
...: 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.
Answered on Jan 23, 2018
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