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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.

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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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1,026 Comments

  1. Hello, thank you for all of your work/answers/etc.

    What is your opinion on appendicitis as an hiv ars symptom 1 week (7 days)after possible exposure? Fever was present as well.

    Most info online says it is unlikely, but then I saw this recent study

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5798151/

    This suggests Dr’s often miss this sign because appendicitis is so common. I believe the person in question was at risk (and the appendicitis is a bad sign), but do not want to alarm them if I am just jumping to conclusions.

    Thank you so much for your time. Best wishes.

    • Dr. Julian Ng

      Hi,

      I’m not able to advise you on your risk of HIV as you did not say what was your exposure. It is also not possible to say if one has HIV just based on whether a symptom or sign is present. If you have concerns about HIV, please visit a doctor for further evaluation.

  2. Mandeep

    I have sex a prostitute by using condom for just 40 second.condom dose not break.can I affect with hiv.

    • It is very low risk but condoms are not 100% effective. If you are concerned, please get tested at the appropriate time.

  3. Hi doctor
    I started a new relationship with a guy but I don’t know his HIV status we had oral sex 4 months ago the relationship is over and doesn’t want to do the HIV test so I took 10 panel test
    Chlamydia negative
    Gonorrhea negative
    Hepatitis A negative
    Hepatitis B negative
    Hepatitis C negative
    Genital Herpes negative
    Oral Herpes positive
    Syphilis negative
    HIV 1/2 negative ab+ag 4th generation at 6 weeks after we had oral sex, came back negative so at 9 weeks I took another test RNA Early Detection Test negative as well but I’m still super worried, freaking out so at 12 weeks I took a third test ab+ag 4th generation negative
    But doctor I feel my throat super dry (not my mouth) I’m losing weight my underarms are super hot and also my vulva I feel a burning sensation, and in the back of my ears and neck hurts no bumps all my test came back negative no STD at all so please help me should I take another test at 6 months just to be sure, online information says that everything is conclusive at 6 months I’m super desperate going crazy thanks for you time and help

    • I would consider your tests conclusive. Especially given the fact that the risk of HIV from oral sex is close to zero. If you still have concerns, please visit us for a proper assessment.

  4. I had an unprotected frottage with a girl for 15 minutes , I am scared that my precum may have come in contact with her vagina secretions,a week later I am having sore throat,an ulcer on my anus with no other related symptoms. is there any risk of HIV transmission?

  5. afraidshelby

    Condom broke with escort 24 days ago. tested for everything on day 16 and came out negative. But currently have headaches, dizziness for a week and 3 straight weeks of diarrhea. What could it be? Could Diarrhea start 3 days after exposure be caused by a std? Is HIV or Hepatitis probable?

    • afraidshelby

      might i add that i took a hiv duo test at day 16.

    • Dr. Julian Ng

      Hi,

      There is no specific symptom that would indicate if you have HIV infection or not. Assuming the HIV Duo test you took at day 16 post-exposure was a 4th Generation HIV test, it is still within the window period of 28 days. The suggestion is to retest with a 4th generation HIV test after 28 days. For the symptom of ongoing diarrhea, please visit a doctor for further evaluation. If you like, you can visit us at: http://www.drtanandpartners.com/where-to-find-us/

  6. I sex with 2 girls friend in one day without protection after next day I feel full body pain little bit fever and headache contionous 7 days .can u please tell sex with 2 can increase HIV aur can u think I these is HIV symptoms.

    • Dr. Julian Ng

      Hi,

      Having multiple sexual partners increases risk of HIV in addition to engaging in unprotecetd sex. There is no specific symptoms that would indicate if you have been infected with HIV. Please see a doctor for further evaluation. If you like, you can visit us at: http://www.drtanandpartners.com/where-to-find-us/

  7. gettingparanoid

    Hello doctor,
    about a month ago I had unprotected sex with a girl I know who currently lives in Sub-Saharan Africa (Ghana). Four days ago I suddenly developed a high fever which gave me chills and lasted for one horrific night. On the same day I got a very sore throat, which later I recognized as tonsilitis (there is a white mark on one of my tonsils and the pain is awful), as well as a mouth sore on the inside of my cheek, very close to the teeth. I used over-the-counter pills to fight off the fever (paracetamol and aspirin). Now I have a mild headache, but no runny nose or sneezing, so far no rash. I began to feel better on day 2, but the sore throat is still pretty awful and my apetite is low.

    Does this sound like ARS? Thanks for your help! The webiste calmed me down already, but the comments section offers even more comfort…

    • Dr. Julian Ng

      Hi,

      There is no one specific symptom that indicates a person has been infected with HIV. Also, many of the symptoms like fever, sore throat are not specific to HIV (as in it could simply be due to usual cough and colds). If you are concern, you should consult a doctor for further evaluation. If you prefer, you can visit us at: http://www.drtanandpartners.com/where-to-find-us/

      • gettingparanoid

        Thanks for the reply. Can I ask you to take down my comment? It shows my picture and I would prefer it to be 100% anonymous.

  8. Scaredshell

    Condom broke with escort 9 days ago. Had unprotected sex with GF soon after (regrettably). Got tested for everything on day 3 and it came out negative but it’s too early for that to mean anything. Day 9 and we both have headaches and she has a fever and is tired. What are the chances these symptoms point to hiv

    • Dr. Julian Ng

      Hi,

      There is no single specific symptom that shows that a person is infected with HIV. As you mentioned, the HIV test you did 3 days after exposure is too early and is non-conclusive. My suggestion is to repeat the test after 28 days with a 4th Generation HIV combo test. Also you may want to consider testing for other STDs given your exposure. Please consult a doctor for further evaluation. If you prefer, you may visit us at: http://www.drtanandpartners.com/where-to-find-us/

  9. Hello doctor
    I started a new relationship with a guy,I had oral sex with him but I don’t know his HIV status now I’m worried about my HIV status so I took the test 6 weeks after standard HIV test is a 4th Generation HIV 1 & 2 Antibody/Antigen test came out negative and also I took a second test at week 9 HIV RNA Early Detection Test negative. Is that conclusive?
    what would you recommend.? Should I take another test or not thank you so much for your help

    • I would consider your tests conclusive. Risk from oral sex is negligible.

      • Thank you very much Dr for answering me back I really appreciate it. Also I want to thank you for the way you started talking to us on this page

        For 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.

        It really worked on me because I was so worried, stressed out,anxious I was freaking out so badly. But that night when I was reading this article I felt relief

  10. Had unprotected sex two weeks ago. Now am having mild headache, abdominal,groin,and neck lymph painful, back neck muscle painful, feeling like I have flu and mild sore throat.
    Do I have HIV or what are the chances that i contracted hiv. Please help.

    • We cannot diagnose or exclude HIV diagnosis from symptoms or lack thereof. If you are concerned, please see a doctor for a proper assessment.

  11. Dear Dr Jonathan,

    I went for a HIV test in Jan 18 after exposure to a potentially contaminated pipette during an earlier test in 2016. The tester this time conducted the test (3rd Gen) and it was negative. But, am not sure if he re-used his gloves. My memory has drawn a blank. Any risk here you’re aware of from contaminated gloves? Any evidence from medical literature? Thanks

  12. Dear Doctor

    I had unprotected oral sex with three men on three occasions in a gay sauna 6 weeks ago. Each occasion lasted for only to two minutes. None of them ejaculated in my mouth. I have got gum infection and a couple of loose tooths.

    There is no primary symptoms yet, though I can feel a small limp node in groin area which I noticed only in the sixth week. No other symptoms at all. Do I need to worry about HIV infection.

    When we talk about hiv infections, can just limp node be a worry without fever, rashes or any other symptoms. The limp node seems to be disappearing now.

    Please advise and looking forward to your reply.

    Thanks a lot.

  13. Hello Doctor

    I recieved unprotected oral sex from a csw with some rimming. I did a CMIA based HIV duo test at 31 days and it came back non reactive (0.38).

    Is this test conclusive or do i need more testing. I have deep anxiety causing malaise and feeling of swollen lymph nodes in neck and chest. Please help

  14. Hello Doctor,

    Does giving/taking oral sex (bj’s) and deep kissing between same sex (Male) high risk for HIV?

  15. Hello Dr
    i took PEP for one month i had a n exposure with the lady i found out that was positive later. i begun PEP at the 25th hour. i did a test after PEP and i was negative, did another after one month post PEP and it was negative, today marks my 12th week since i finished PEP and have done a test and it has come out negative. Doctor but i have pain in the neck, i have fever doctor put me on quinine finished the dose but it seems my fever is persistent. what do you have to say doctor

  16. Superworried

    I ate a kinder joy I found on the bus stop at night. it was unopened. can you get any stds or hiv from it?

  17. worried guy

    your Hiv Tests are conclusive’. does it mean no Hiv?? do i need further testing??

    will the std such as chlamydia,gonorrhea,herpes may lead to hiv in future?? is it a risk??

    • Conclusive means no HIV, no further testing required. Other STDs do not ‘lead to HIV’ but they can increase the risk of transmission.

      • worriedguy

        thanks for your reply. i am relieved now. what do you mean by “Other STDs do not ‘lead to HIV’ but they can increase the risk of transmission. “.
        If i avoid any risky unproted sex in future..still there is chances of hiv?? or if any std’s will result in longterm hiv…please do explain in detail

  18. Hello doctor..I received oral sex from man without condom..am I at risk for hiv..there are no bleeding gums.. Im 24 years old male

    • There is close to zero risk for HIV, but certainly there are risks for other STDs such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and herpes. Please visit us for a proper consult and evaluation.

  19. worriedguy

    i had unprotected oral sex with csw.she sucked my cock for 10 minutes without condom.i ejaculated outside in my bed.this is the only exposure i had. after that at 60 days i had CMIA test.it was negative.I also had western blot test at 60 days.It was negative.
    I also did HIV PCR RNA test at 65 days.It was not detected.
    Do i need further testing? if i test at 90 days will i get negative results or results at 60 days changes?? is these tests conclusive?? am i at danger of HIV?? is there possibility of STD’s?? off late i am feeling some uncomfortableness under chin and neck. i dont know if it is swallon lymph nodes..is it symptom of HIV??

    • Your HIV tests are conclusive. Your initial risk from oral sex is already close to zero anyway. There are possibilities of other STDs such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and herpes – please visit us for a proper consult and evaluation.

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