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    HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) Infection - Symptoms

    HIV may not cause symptoms early on. People who do have symptoms may mistake them for the flu or mono. Early symptoms of HIV are called acute retroviral syndrome. The symptoms may include:

    These first symptoms can range from mild to severe and usually disappear on their own after 2 to 3 weeks. But many people don't have symptoms or they have such mild symptoms that they don't notice them at this stage.

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    After the early symptoms go away, an infected person may not have symptoms again for many years. After a certain point, symptoms reappear and then remain.

    Untreated HIV infection progresses in stages. These stages are based on your symptoms and the amount of the virus in your blood.

    Later symptoms

    Later symptoms may include:

    Symptoms in women and children

    HIV may be suspected when a woman has at least one of the following:

    Children who have HIV often have different symptoms (for example, delayed growth or an enlarged spleen) than teens or adults.

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