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HIV Symptoms – Early Symptoms of HIV

VirusFor all of you searching the internet out there looking for early symptoms of HIV and getting extremely worried please stop!

 

Take a deep breath and calm down. By now you would have read multiple sites providing a laundry list of ‘HIV Symptoms’ and I’m sure you are suffering from some if not most of them.

Take another deep beath and let it our slowly slowly slowly. Feel better? Good.
Now let’s analyze the situation logically.

Just like most of my patients, you are asking ‘what are the symptoms of HIV?’

What you really want to know is ‘do I have HIV or not?’
And you are looking for symptoms to help you answer this question.

What you really want to know is ‘do I have HIV or not?’

Please understand that this is an extremely unhelpful question to ask simply because it is absolutely impossible to tell if someone has HIV or not based on sero-conversion symptoms or lack thereof.

Let’s look at 2 very well established facts:

1. Not all patients who are infected with HIV will develop sero-conversion symptoms
2. Sero-conversion symptoms are extremely non-specific. In other words, the same symptoms can be caused by multiple other illnesses and diseases.

So what’s the conclusion? The conclusion is it does not matter if a person has symptoms or not. A complete absence of symptoms does not mean a person is not infected with HIV. Similarly, having every symptom on the laundry list does not mean a person has HIV.

Fever, Rash, Sore throat – Click here for details on HIV ARS

Looking for HIV symptoms serves one purpose and one purpose only. And that is to get yourself worried and anxious.
Furthermore, anxiety can actually cause some of the so-called ‘HIV Symptoms’. You can obviously see how this leads to a downward spiral.

So please do yourself a favor. Stop looking for symptoms. You are just going to scare yourself silly and have a nervous breakdown.

Focus on what you have to do. Talk to your doctor about getting PEP if your exposure was less than 72 hours ago. Or talk to your doctor about HIV testing. There is lots of information in this site with regards to different HIV tests available for different exposure times.

Click here for HIV Testing FAQ
Click here for info on PEP Treatment at Our Clinic

Remember, you are not doing yourself any good by hunting for symptoms. Take a deep breath, calm down and focus on getting the HIV tests done.

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More on HIV symptoms.

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Click here for Info on STD Symptoms in Men
Click here for Info on STD Symptoms in Women

More on HIV symptoms.

If you have any questions, visit our free online forum on sexual health, HIV and STDs.

If you need a HIV test visit Our Clinics anytime during our opening hours. You do not need an appointment.

Find out more about Anonymous HIV testing at our clinics.

Can’t wait for 3 months to find out? Find out more about Anonymous Rapid HIV Combo test at our clinics.

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If you had a high risk exposure to HIV within the past 72 hours, you can take medicines to reduce your risk of actually contracting HIV. Find out more on HIV PEP Treatment.

 

Consultation $20.00-80.00
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8am – 5pm $60.00
5pm – 9pm $80.00
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Urine – Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea PCR, Monilia, Trichomonas, NSU, Mycoplasma, Ureaplasma, Urine Culture, Candida $ 280.00
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Urethritis and Vaginitis
Vaginal Swab – Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea PCR, Monilia, Trichomonas PCR, Gardnerella PCR, Candida PCR, Group B StrepNSU, Mycoplasma, Ureaplasma, Direct Microscopy, Candida, Vaginal swab culture $ 345.00
Comprehensive (Male) Blood – Syphilis, Hepatitis B/C, Herpes Simplex Virus Type I and IIUrine – Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea PCR, Monilia, Trichomonas, NSU, Mycoplasma, Ureaplasma, Urine Culture, Candida $ 390.00
Comprehensive (Female) Blood – Syphilis, Hepatitis B/C, Herpes Simplex Virus Type I and IIVaginal Swab – Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea PCR, Monilia, Trichomonas PCR, Gardnerella PCR, Candida PCR, Group B StrepNSU, Mycoplasma, Ureaplasma, Direct Microscopy, Candida, Vaginal swab culture $ 525.00
Individual STD Tests
Determine Syphilis test Rapid Syphilis Test $ 50.00
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Herpes Simplex Virus PCR Herpes Simplex Virus Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Test $ 190.00
Chlamydia and Gonoccocal PCR Chlamydia and Gonorrhea
Herpes Simplex Virus Type I IgG Antibody Herpes Type 1 $ 40.00
Herpes Simplex Virus Type II IgG Antibody Herpes Type 2 $ 40.00
Non-Specific Urethritis (NSU) Culture Mycoplasma, Ureaplasma $ 118.00
HIV test
HIV RNA/DNA Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Test $600
Add $100 for expedited results
Rapid Fingerprick Blood HIV-1/2 P24 Antigen/Antibody Combo (HIV Duo Test) (4th generation!) $ 150.00
Rapid Oral Saliva HIV-1/2 Antibody Test (Oraquick) $ 50.00
Rapid Fingerprick Blood HIV-1/2 Antibody Test (Determine) $ 50.00
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887 Comments

  1. Hi Dr. Tan…i am a male and I had unprotected sex with a female in June 2016. A couple of weeks later I noticed a mild rash on both my left and right inner elbows (where the crease is). Only on those spots, not anywhere else. The rash was itchy, but I felt sometimes I had to force myself not to try and itch it, and it wouldn’t bother as much. It never went above into my arms or anywhere in the trunk area. It went away by itself around without me putting any kind of ointment a month or so later, though I did notice my left inner elbow happen to start up again but once again mildly. That was also the only symptom I noticed Other than a chronic mild post nasal drip for about 6 months now. I’ve been stressing about it for a long time now, and I was wondering if you could help me understand if this something worth stressing out aboutt? Is this in any kind of way a sign I might have contracted HIV? I have also tested negative for chlaymida and gonnerrhea. Thank you

    • Dear Shawn

      In my opinion the itchy rash over your elbow flexors could be due to a various skin infection / condition .You would require a formal assessment by a doctor also, in view of your chronic post nasal drip symptoms.

      It is good that you have tested yourself for chlamydia and gonorrhea.
      However , I recommend you getting tested for other STDs and HIV as you had unprotected sex.

      • Thank you doctor. The only reason I was asking is because I know during ARS, rash is a common symptom. But from doing research it mostly always involves the trunk. And I’ve been told that rash as itself is not indicative of hiv infection, as there would be other symptoms as well?

  2. Hi Dr..i experience chills on my hand and feet, recurring headache (manageable, not need take paracetamol) and sudden weight loss (5kg) in a month. Im so worry now..for the past months i increase my fluid intakes to 5liter plain water a day, and keep urinating. Please advise

    • Not all patients who are infected with HIV will develop sero-conversion symptoms.
      Your symptoms maybe because of other medical conditions.
      However if there was risk of exposure, I suggest that you talk to your doctor about HIV testing.

  3. Please doctor I had unprotected sex with a girl since 4 days now but I started feeling chills over my body the following day and the second day i started feeling bit throat pain please could it be hiv

    • HIV ARS symptoms do not come on so quickly. That does NOT mean you are free of HIV. You still need to be screened.

  4. i am of PEP TREATMENT FOR TWO WEEKS NOW BUT AM NOW EXPERINCING BURINING PAIN ON THE URINTHERA

    • PEP is prophylaxis against HIV and not other STDs. Your symptoms may be caused by other STDs.

  5. Hi doctor,

    I had sex with my girlfriend, currently ex 3 weeks 6 days back. I finger her, followed by her giving a blowjob. After that i went to insert her, but it was only around the tip and a little inside. I pulled out coz i wasnt wearing a condom, and she was afraid i would cum. This is my first time having sex.

    Towards the end of last week, i had a little rash that was itchy. I scratched it and it became worse, i decided to let it rest and it recovered. It was first on my left elbow followed by my calves. Have to take note that the rash it extremely little, like 1-2 spots. After i changed my bedsheets, i realised my rash itch became much much better and recovered, except for those that i used force to scratch, the red marks are still there.

    I remembered having sex with my ex weeks ago and was afraid i contracted hiv. Researching it online, i came to realised i only have 1 symptom that recovered which is body rash. I did have a little fatigue, but it might be the shortage of sleep since im a runner and will wake up early for runs during weekends.

    My friend who had std infection told me i was overthinking, and if i had hiv, my symptoms will be worst than this. I had another friend who is more sexually active told me, my chances are really low too. Both told me im over thinking  and nothing had happened to me

    • There are a few points to make here:
      1. You had protected sex. That means you risk of HIV and STDs is reduced but not zero.
      2. You have symptoms. Whether they are significant or not should be determined only after a consultation with a doctor.
      3. We cannot use the presence or absence of symptoms to determine if you have been infected with HIV/STD or not. Only tests can confirm this.

  6. Halo doctor, I had sex with a lady but her fluids entered my open wound, I went for test after six weeks because I was feeling sick then, the first rapid test came out positive and I was told to wait for confirmation, I did the confirmation 20 minutes later and it can out negative, after another 30 mins I did another one ir came out negative also. And I was refered to a bigger government hospital for general test and all the test including hiv came out negative I was only told to be doing more exercise and reduce my intake of red meat, because I have high acidic something like that. After another six weeks I went to do another test and it came out negative. I don’t really have symptoms of hiv, no fever, no rashes, no enlarge lymph nodes and so on, just having itchy and dry troath that has lasted for more than three months now..I’m still scared and I don’t know what to do again.

    • It is very common to get false positive HIV tests. It seems that your doctors have done a very good job in conducting the right confirmatory tests all of which were fortunately negative. I really do not see what you have to be worried about. If you really need more peace of mind you may want to discuss with your doctors to do the HIV RNA PCR test.

  7. Hi doc . Its been 6 weeks since i had sex with an escort. I did had condom on the whole time. But im still worry . Could i still get any disease? I do feel itching in on my penis sometimes. Please let me know thank you doc

    • Of course you can. This may come as a surprise to you but it is a fact that condoms are NOT 100% effective. In other words, condoms REDUCE the risk of HIV and STDs. Condoms DO NOT ELIMINATE the risk of HIV and STDs.

  8. hie doc

    I had protected sex and unprotected oral sex with my girlfriend whom i realised after a week that she is sleeping around with other two guys. Its been 25 days since we had sex. I felt burning two to three days but it has disappeared, now i have joint pains, headaches, sore throat and my eyes every morning feels like they are dry. But i have no fever. Am worried doc are these signs of hiv

    • i felt burning when am urinating doc

    • There is really only 1 way to find out if you have HIV or not and that way is to get tested. There is really no use in analyzing your symptoms.

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