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Are acute HIV symptoms contagious?

Feb 18, 2010

If one develops flu-like symptoms shortly after contracting HIV (sore throat, congestion, cough), are the symptoms contagious? In other words, would someone within the vicinity who has not been in sexual contact with the serconverted individual acquire these symptoms as well?

If the other individual does acquire flu-like symptoms shortly after the seroconverted person exhibits flu-like symptoms, would it be concluded that the symptoms are a result of the flu/common cold?

Your prompt response is much appreciated.


Response from Dr. Frascino


HIV acute retroviral syndrome (ARS) symptoms are caused by HIV. Even though these symptoms are often referred to as "flu-like," HIV and its symptoms are not transmitted like flu or the common cold, which have respiratory modes of transmission (cough, sneeze, etc.). So the basic answer to your question is no.

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