How do you know if someone has HIV?
How can I tell if I have HIV?
What does it mean if you are "HIV positive"?
How do you find out if you are HIV positive?
I have heard about Rapid HIV Tests-do they exist?
How do you know if your HIV infection is changing or getting worse?

How can I tell if I have HIV?

Many people do not get any symptoms when they first get HIV. But some people get flu-like symptoms within a month or two after getting the virus. You may feel like you have the flu.

You may get these symptoms:

  • fever
  • headache
  • tiredness
  • enlarged lymph nodes (glands of the immune system easily felt in the neck and groin).

These symptoms usually disappear within a week to a month. BUT, when you are feeling this way you are very infectious. This means that there is a lot of the HIV virus in your body and it is very easy to spread the virus.

After this you feel these ‘flu-like’ symptoms, you may begin to have symptoms within a few months or you may be symptom-free for more than 10 years.

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