Acute HIV + Viral Load

During the first couple of months after someone becomes infected with HIV, their risk of passing on HIV is much higher. If you have sex without condoms and aren’t completely sure of your partner’s HIV status, get tested.

What is Sero-conversion Illness?

When a person becomes infected with HIV, they often experience symptoms of Sero-conversion Illness. Many guys who have been infected with HIV report flu-like symptoms: sore throats, fever, rashes, nausea, vomiting, night sweats and swollen glands. These symptoms occur about 10-14 days after being infected, lasting for one or two weeks. Other common symptoms include mouth ulcers, joint pain, loss of appetite, weight loss, muscle pain and feeling overly tired or sick. Between 70% and 90% of people experience symptoms soon after HIV infection, but few people know these symptoms are HIV related. Undiagnosed or improperly diagnosed HIV symptoms may result in a person having HIV without knowing it.