It is possible, if you were exposed to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Some people develop a flu-like illness when they first become infected with HIV, usually two to four weeks after being infected. Doctors refer to this illness as acute retroviral syndrome, or primary HIV infection. Click here to view the full reply on Mayo Clinic.
Early HIV signs and symptoms may include:
■ Swollen lymph glands
These early HIV symptoms usually disappear within a week to a month and are often mistaken for those of another viral infection. During this period, you are very infectious. More-persistent or more-severe symptoms of HIV infection may not appear for several years after the initial infection.
HIV is most commonly diagnosed by testing your blood or oral mucus for the presence of antibodies to the virus. Unfortunately, HIV tests aren't accurate immediately after infection because it takes time for your immune system to make these antibodie...
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