HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks the immune system, leading to a condition called AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). Some people who are infected with HIV may not experience any symptoms for several years, while others may experience symptoms within a few weeks of infection.

Here are some common symptoms of HIV infection:

  • Flu-like symptoms, such as fever, chills, and night sweats
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Skin rash
  • Sore throat
  • Mouth or genital ulcers
  • Joint pain or muscle aches
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

It’s important to note that these symptoms can be caused by many other illnesses and may not necessarily indicate HIV infection. The only way to know for sure if you have HIV is to get tested. HIV tests are typically done using blood or oral fluid samples, and can detect the presence of HIV antibodies or the virus itself.

If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to HIV, it is recommended that you get tested as soon as possible. Early diagnosis and treatment can help to slow the progression of the virus and improve your long-term health outcomes.

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