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How soon after exposure could acute phase begin?

Jun 4, 2007


I had unprotected sex on Thursday night and ejaculation into my anus was involved. My partner said he's HIV negative, but the next day (Friday) I became achy and the day after that (Saturday)my achyness continues and I had some fever type symptoms, although I don't think I actually had a fever. How soon after exposure could the acute phase where flu like symptoms develop? Is 2 days too soon for these symptoms to develop?

Thank you,


Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello Jeff,

Yep. Two days is way too soon for acute retroviral symptoms related to primary infection with HIV. Symptoms take weeks, not hours or days, to manifest.

Certainly unprotected receptive anal sex is the most risky sexual behavior. Testing at the three-month mark is definitely warranted. As I hope you now realize, these post-sex anxieties can be easily avoided by remembering one simple rule: if you're going to get spunky, first cover his monkey!

Dr. Bob

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