Anonymous
Hi There, 

I'm not sure if this is in my head, however I had low risk exposure and I am displaying Acute HIV symptoms after 7 days. 

Is it possible for the infection to display symptoms this quickly? 
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helpline-volunteer
Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about whether one is able to display acute HIV symptoms after just one week following a suspected low-risk exposure.

It is worth mentioning that there is no way to conclude that the symptoms you were experiencing were due to HIV without adequate testing confirmation. This is because HIV symptoms can vary from person to person not only in terms of the specific types experienced, but also the time periods in which these may appear (1). Furthermore, there are many other illnesses that can cause symptoms similar to that seen during seroconversion. Therefore, an HIV test is required in order to confirm HIV infection. 

Recommendation: Refer to a health care provider for HIV testing.

All the best,
AIDS Vancouver Online/Helpline,
Shirley

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(1) What are the symptoms of seroconversion?
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