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Feb 22, 2001

Four weeks after a possible hiv-infection incident, I had developed diarrhea and low-grade fever which both last for one day only. Is it possible for hiv-related symptoms last for merely one day? Thank you.

Response from Mr. Kull

Sure, it's possible. Studies generally suggest that symptoms associated with primary infection last more than a single day and less than 14 days. It is extremely difficult and inadvisable to determine your risk for HIV infection based only on the symptoms you experienced. It's not an exact science; not yet, at least.

When you say "a possible HIV-infection incident", what do you mean? Did you have unprotected receptive sex with an HIV positive man? Or did you receive oral sex from someone you barely knew? There is a huge difference in terms of risk for HIV infection, and THAT assessment should precede the symptom assessment.

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