In the period immediately after infection has taken place, there aren't any specific symptoms. Within two to four weeks after exposure to HIV, a person might have flu-like symptoms such as fever, swollen lymph nodes, muscle aches, diarrhea, fatigue or rash. Genital ulcers and weight loss are also symptoms of seroconversion. In rare instances these symptoms may occur within a few days after the exposure has taken place.
These symptoms usually go away after a week or two. If they occur at all, they're often so mild they're hardly noticeable, although for some people they are severe enough to warrant seeing a doctor.
It's important to keep in mind these symptoms are almost identical to those of many other illnesses. That's why HIV testing is so important.
Last Revised: November 17, 2014
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