Anonymous
Hi There, 

How often do you hear of people displaying the Acute HIV symptoms to a T after possible exposure, when they likely aren't affected? 

I ask, because I've wound myself up pretty good as I'm displaying the Acute HIV symptoms exactly but not sure if its in my head. 

Are having these symptoms common with people who have post risk anxiety? 
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helpline-volunteer

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the relationship between numerous symptoms and the possibility of an active HIV infection.

The symptoms you listed (itchy/burning skin, headache, body ache, no sore throat, no swollen lymph nodes) could be due to a recent HIV infection, if you recently engaged in risky behaviour. They could also be the result of a different infection or even from stress. It is important to consider your risk of acquiring HIV before considering the symptoms you are experiencing. If you are not engaging in risky activities then it is unlikely that any symptoms you experience are due to an HIV infection.

For your information, here is a comprehensive list of acute symptoms of an HIV infection provided by the Mayo Clinic (1):

  • Acute HIV infection symptoms:
    • Fever
    • Headache
    • Muscle aches and joint pain
    • Rash
    • Sore throat and painful mouth sores
    • Swollen lymph glands, mainly on the neck
Recommendation: Refer to a healthcare professional for more personalized answers.

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Marie
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