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How do you know if you have HIV?

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The only way to know is with an HIV test. Get tested if you think you could've gotten the virus, even if you don't have any symptoms.

See your doctor or go to the ER right away if you think you may have been exposed to the virus in the past few days. A medication called post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) can keep you from getting HIV. But you must take it within 72 hours of when you get the virus for it to work. A doctor can prescribe PEP, and you’ll take it once or twice a day for 28 days.

SOURCES:

CDC: “About HIV/AIDS;” “Diseases Characterized by Genital, Anal, or Perianal Ulcers;” and “HIV Basics: Prevention.”

Office of Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Genital Ulcers;” “Menstrual Problems;” “Pelvic Inflammatory Disease;” and “Vaginal Yeast Infections.”

Aids.gov: “How Can I Tell If I Have HIV?” and “When One Partner is HIV+.”

NIH: “HIV and Women.”

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on February 20, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “About HIV/AIDS;” “Diseases Characterized by Genital, Anal, or Perianal Ulcers;” and “HIV Basics: Prevention.”

Office of Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Genital Ulcers;” “Menstrual Problems;” “Pelvic Inflammatory Disease;” and “Vaginal Yeast Infections.”

Aids.gov: “How Can I Tell If I Have HIV?” and “When One Partner is HIV+.”

NIH: “HIV and Women.”

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on February 20, 2018

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