Do I have AIDS / HIV?

Take our quick quiz to find out if you could have HIV, including individual recommendations!

AIDS / HIV Symptom Checker


Symptoms may appear from 1 month to 10 years weeks after infection.

The first symptoms to present themselves are flu-like in nature, generally showing up within a couple months of exposure:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Often mistaken for another virus

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There is generally a period of months or even years where symptoms do not present themselves. During this time, the virus is multiplying and attacking the immune system. Symptoms that present themselves after this period can include:

  • Lymph nodes that stay swollen for a long period of time
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of weight
  • Fever and sweating
  • Constant yeast infections (oral or vaginal)
  • Persistent rashes
  • PID that is unresponsive to treatment
  • Loss of short-term memory
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How Do I Know if I Have HIV or AIDS?

HIV often does not produce symptoms immediately after an infection. The only way to know for sure whether or not you have contracted HIV is to go for a STD test since the first 5 to 10 years after infection may produce no symptoms at all. Local STD tests are available from doctors’ offices, health clinics, or you can purchase an at home HIV test that you send in to an independent laboratory. See our comprehensive guide to STD testing for more information.

Mark Riegel, MD

Quick snapshot

Can it be cured?

No. Viruses don't have cures, but symptoms can be controlled with proper treatment.

Type of Infection

Viral. AIDS is caused by HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus).

How is it treated?

Antiviral Medication. HIV/AIDS is treated with a variety of antiviral medications: fusion inhibitors, protease inhibitors and RT inhibitors are the most common.

Recovery Time

AIDS / HIV is Incurable. HIV/AIDS is incurable; as such treatment is aimed at slowing progression and treating symptoms.

Can I have sex?

Yes. Partners should be informed of your condition and condoms/dams should be used consistently.

Can I get re-infected?

No. HIV is incurable; once you are infected, you will carry the disease with your for life.