Most people do not know when they acquired HIV. However, about one third of people report flu-like symptoms around the time they were infected. The early symptoms include:
- Sore throat
- Swollen lymph nodes
You may also get a red rash that doesn’t itch.
These symptoms, which last up to a few weeks, mean your immune system is doing its job and fighting the virus. However, these symptoms can also be seen with other viral infections. If you develop these symptoms and have engaged in behavior that could put you at risk for HIV, you should consult your doctor and be tested.