Symptoms of an acute HIV infection
A couple of weeks after you have been infected with HIV, the amount of HIV in your body will have increased significantly and your immune system will be activated. You could get flu-like symptoms. Symptoms that typically accompany an acute HIV infection are:
Most people who are infected with HIV will get symptoms in the acute phase. Those are not always recognised as being symptoms of HIV, however and they normally last two weeks, but they could last anywhere from a few days to ten weeks.
Be alert to symptoms of HIV after having had risky sex
If you have run a risk, for example because you didn’t use a condom or because the condom broke, be on the look out for symptoms in the coming weeks. If you have flu-like symptoms or any of the symptoms described above, be aware that it could be HIV and when you visit your doctor or the clinic, make sure you tell them the following:
Phase 2: recent infection
This period follows the acute infection and lasts for about six months after the initial infection.
The flu-like symptoms mentioned earlier could also appear in this period.