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Mr Alexis

Question: 

Hi i hope you can help me with my dilemma about hiv. I am single at the moment so i admit that i am active sexually doing it to different guys fir the past months since june. But i never had sex unprotected and that 100 percent sure. But recently iam having like fever that last for 4 days and happened every month or every 2 weeks, but iam not having diarrhea or flue like constantly only sometimes together with the fever but will also heal after 4 days. Like now iam having a slight fever and i just recovered 2 weeks ago but i dont have flue or diarrhea or rashes. Is this can be a sign of HIV? cause i am not aware how does the fever on hiv symptoms occur as iam not familiar hope you can help me thanks a lot in advance.

Answer: 

Hi there and thank you for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. My name is Colin and I am happy to help you out.

First of all well done on using protection during your sexual encounters. Condoms are definitely the best way to protect yourself from HIV and most other STIs so keep doing that and you'll maintain the lowest possible risk you can.

In terms of your specific question regarding symptoms you've been experiencing, while it is true that people who have recently acquired HIV sometimes experience flu-like symptoms during their seroconversion, they are non-specific symptoms which many people don't experience at all. There are no symptoms which are specific to HIV and there are no symptoms which are used in the diagnosis of HIV. Specific to the exposures you've described, while condoms are the best way to protect yourself, taking the right HIV test at the appropriate time is the only way to be sure of your status. If you are in Canada or the USA you can find local, free, anonymous testing through ASO411 or through the US CDC's Get Tested Service respectively.

For all sexually active people, we recommend getting regularly tested (every 3 to 6 months or so) to maintain the best handle on your health as well as the best peace of mind. If you continue to feel unwell, I would recommend partnering with your doctor to treat the symptoms as they come and take an HIV test so you can make the best choices for yourself going forward. The Smart Sex Resource is also a great tool to check out to get an overview of how to protect yourself and minimize your risk as well as just giving you general information about sexual health and activities.

I hope I managed to answer your questions today. Thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline; please feel free to post again if you would like any more clarification or if you have any more questions.

All the best,

Colin

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