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A 38-year-old male asked:

Had unprotected anal with a girl a month ago, she said she was clean but idk. last few days ive had sore throat, nasal congestion/post nasal drip, puffy face, red eyes and night sweats. no fever or swollen lymph but how possible is this acute hiv?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 54 years experience
Your symptoms are not typical of acute HIV, which (among other things) doesn't cause nasal congestion. And they came on too late: HIV symptoms start within 2 weeks. You probably just have a cold, or COVID; these symptoms are consistent with either one. You should have a COVID test.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
It is not likely to be HIV but at 6 weeks after this episode of sex, get a 4th combo HIV test for your peace of mind. Get HPV, Flu and Covid vaccines. Wish you good health! Safe sex: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/safer-sex-guidelines
Last updated Feb 3, 2022


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