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Do I have AIDS / HIV?
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Symptoms may appear from 1 month to 10 years weeks after infection.
The first symptoms to present themselves are flu-like in nature, generally showing up within a couple months of exposure:
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Often mistaken for another virus
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There is generally a period of months or even years where symptoms do not present themselves. During this time, the virus is multiplying and attacking the immune system. Symptoms that present themselves after this period can include:
- Lymph nodes that stay swollen for a long period of time
- Loss of weight
- Fever and sweating
- Constant yeast infections (oral or vaginal)
- Persistent rashes
- PID that is unresponsive to treatment
- Loss of short-term memory
How Do I Know if I Have HIV or AIDS?
HIV often does not produce symptoms immediately after an infection. The only way to know for sure whether or not you have contracted HIV is to go for a STD test since the first 5 to 10 years after infection may produce no symptoms at all. Local STD tests are available from doctors’ offices, health clinics, or you can purchase an at home HIV test that you send in to an independent laboratory. See our comprehensive guide to STD testing for more information.