If you think you may have been infected with HIV/AIDS, please find a place to get a free, confidential HIV test.
You can have HIV and not have any symptoms, and some HIV tests will not show a positive result for as long as 3 months after infection. This is referred to as the HIV test window period, and has to do with how HIV tests detect the virus.
Some people recently infected with HIV will experience some “flu-like” symptoms. These might include:

  • Fever
  • Severe Fatigue
  • A non-itchy rash
  • Swollen glands/lymph nodes
  • Muscle aches
  • Sore throat
  • Night sweats
  • Sores or ulcers in your mouth.

These symptoms are called Acute Retroviral Syndrome and last from a few days to a few weeks. You could get sick enough to go to the emergency room or just feel a little unwell. It’s important to remember that people experience similar symptoms and it’s not related to HIV. Sometimes, the flu is just the flu.
After the acute phase, the virus typically becomes less active in the body for as long as 10 years, during which you might have no symptoms at all. An HIV test will still detect the virus during this period. This is one of the reasons that it’s important for sexually active people to routinely get tested regularly – the signs of HIV infection are easy to miss or misinterpret.


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  1. I am HIV + for about 14 yrs and on ART for 3 yrs now.My problem is even my health improved much since I start ART my gland on my rear right neck doesn’t improve and bellow my bellow( or close my bladder) I experience a feeling like something swollen,thought its a sore but I once check with a sonar and something like breathing was visible.My doctor has run out of option on this and I even think of going for African muthi to try deal with this.If O drink lot of warm water I will feel pain and difficulty in walking.My cd4 is above 500 and undetectable virus.
    please help.

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