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A 23-year-old female asked:

I work at a nursing home & couldve been exposed to hiv a few days ago, almost a week and now im experiencing stuffy nose/nasal congestion. i didnt see any visible blood on me nor did i notice any on the persons hands but is this an early symptom?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Universal symptom: Stuffy nose and nasal congestion are universal symptoms that everyone on planet Earth has, and can be caused by hundreds of different viruses, plus many other causes. That means such symptoms do not represent any one particular virus. If worried about an exposure to HIV, one should talk with her primary care doctor, and also follow her workplace guidelines for possible infectious disease exposure.

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Last updated Jul 13, 2020

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