Anonymous
Simple question, can a person have hiv symptoms if they are testing negative? tx
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for reaching you to AIDS Vancouver with your questions! We're happy to help.

There are no specific symptoms of HIV. In fact, certain individuals may never develop symptoms, and for those who do, most symptoms will go away after a few days, or at most, a couple of weeks. This is why the only way to diagnose HIV is to get tested. Because HIV symptoms mirror so many other viral infections or can be explained by other things, we do not go by symptoms here at AIDS Vancouver.

Here in Canada, all tests are considered conclusive 3 months after your most recent exposure. If you have tested negative after this 3 month period and are still experiencing symptoms, it would be a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional in order to determine their cause, as they are unrelated to HIV and could be a sign of an underlying health condition.

I hope I have answered your question, and feel free to contact us with any further concerns.

Regards,

Sierra, Helpline Volunteer

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