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Acute HIV Viral Syndrome

The first time period is during the first few weeks after infection from HIV. Some people who are newly infected may develop flu-like symptoms within the first month or so after getting HIV. These early symptoms can feel very much like the flu (fever, headache, weakness, fatigue, body aches, etc.), and they can be mild or severe. The flu-like symptoms typically last for only about week, and then go away on their own. Acute Viral Syndrome is not an ongoing condition that lasts for weeks and weeks or that comes and goes over a long period of time. In addition, it's important to know that:

Not everyone who is infected with HIV will experience these early, flu-like symptoms of Acute Viral Syndrome. Many people will have no symptoms at all until years after infection.

The symptoms of Acute Viral Syndrome are the same as the symptoms for the flu and many other illnesses. If you have these symptoms right after a possible exposure to HIV, it does not mean you that have the virus, or even that you probably have it. The only way to find out if you have HIV is to get an HIV test.