Within 30 or 60 days of the HIV (Human immunodeficiency Virus) entering the body, 40% to 90% of patients report experiencing flu-like symptoms. These symptoms are known as acute retroviral syndrome (ARS). Sometimes however, ARS symptoms can be absent for years or even decades after the introduction of the virus into the body.
“In the early stages of HIV infection, the most common symptoms are none,” says Michael Horberg, MD, director of HIV/AIDS for Kaiser Permanente, in Oakland, Calif. 20% of people in the US don’t know they are infected, this is why it’s very important to get tested if any of the symptoms on this list apply to you, or if you have a history of unprotected sex with more than one partner or the use of intravenous drugs.
Here are 16 signs you may have HIV: