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Tuesday, December 1, 2015
HIV and AIDS
Is It Possible to Have Early Signs of HIV Infection Within Four Days of Exposure?
Is it possible to have early signs of HIV infection within 4 days of exposure? I am not sure I was exposed. I thought the possibility was minor, receiving unprotected oral sex, I may have had a small cut near the base of the penis from the day before, but this was covered by his hand. I have a sore throat and chills which developed 3 to 4 days later. It is the second day of the sore throat and it is much better, I expect to be 100% better tomorrow. No other signs like nausea, rash, or loss of appetite. Am I being paranoid?
The symptoms of acute HIV seroconversion usually occur at around 3 weeks after exposure. 3 days after exposure may be a bit soon. The symptoms of acute HIV seroconversion last for 1-3 weeks and include fevers, sore throat, myalgias, arthralgias and a skin rash. Your symptoms seem to have resolved quite quickly.
Peter T Frame, MD
Emeritus Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati