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:
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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:
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.
No. Viruses don't have cures, but symptoms can be controlled with proper treatment.
Viral. AIDS is caused by HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus).
Antiviral Medication. HIV/AIDS is treated with a variety of antiviral medications: fusion inhibitors, protease inhibitors and RT inhibitors are the most common.
AIDS / HIV is Incurable. HIV/AIDS is incurable; as such treatment is aimed at slowing progression and treating symptoms.
Yes. Partners should be informed of your condition and condoms/dams should be used consistently.
No. HIV is incurable; once you are infected, you will carry the disease with your for life.