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What is acute HIV syndrome?

HIV syndrome is a name for the early stage of HIV infection, when a person is first infected with HIV. (HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus.) These are some of the symptoms of acute HIV syndrome:

- A fever
- A tired feeling
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Decreased appetite
- A sore throat
- Joint and muscle aches
- Diarrhea
- A rash

The symptoms of acute HIV syndrome usually last for about 14 days after HIV exposure. They could last for just a few days, or they could last for several months.

If you have recently been infected with HIV, you might not realize it. For one thing, the person you caught HIV from may not even look sick. And the signs and symptoms of HIV infection may look just like mononucleosis (mono), tonsillitis or the flu.