Up to six weeks after getting HIV, SOME people may experience severe flu-like symptoms including a sore throat and fever, and a rash on the chest. Other symptoms can include fatigue, nausea and diarrhoea.
You have felt or looked unwell for a number of years.
HIV weakens the immune system; you may experience signs of other illnesses.
You have lost weight, have night sweats, thrush in the mouth, you have more cold sore outbreaks, swollen glands in the groin, neck or armpit, or you have long lasting diarrhoea or tiredness.
Know your risk!
People who are at higher risk of becoming infected with HIV include:
Men who have had unprotected sex with men
Women who have had sex without a condom with men who have sex with men
Someone who has:
Had sex without a condom with a person who has lived or travelled in Africa
Had sex without a condom with somebody who has injected drugs
Has caught another sexually transmitted infection
Has received a blood transfusion while in Africa, eastern Europe, the countries of the former Soviet Union, Asia or central and southern America
Know what to do!
Speak to your GP if you have symptoms of HIV-related illnesses
*If you have put yourself at risk of HIV infection you can visit a sexual health clinic or hospital A&E department within 72 hours and they can usually prescribe a course of drugs to prevent the virus from developing.