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Apr 9, 2001

What are the 1st sign's to really look for in HIV? This is not a question for me, it's a question for a male family member, age 21. Please anwser,asap

Thank you

Response from Dr. Little

That's not really a simple question because it depends upon how recently (or remotely) the person might have been infected/exposed. It is quite common for people to have "flu-like" symptoms of fever, sore throat, muscle aches, headache, etc about 2-3 weeks after exposure and infection with HIV. However, it is also possible to seroconvert (become HIV positive) without any symptoms whatsoever. Also, after becoming infected, almost all people return to their state of previously good health and have absolutely no idea that they are infected until their disease progresses to a stage that they are having HIV-related illnesses (often years after they initially became infected). So, rather than worry about the first symptoms, since there may be none, I would advise that this individual have an HIV antibody test. These tests are available at no cost at most public health departments. If there has been a recent exposure, the health department can provide information about appropriate timing for testing and follow-up. The best answer is to get tested and find out. Good luck.


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