Time period for symptoms to develop after HIV exposure.

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I have a question on the time period for symptoms to develop after an HIV exposure. I'm a little confused by the "with 2-4 week" statements. I had a potential exposure and felt flu like symptoms at 6 hours, vomiting at 24 hours and swollen lymph glands in my neck at 96 hours. These continue to persist after 9 days. I plan on getting tested at 30 days. SO my question is does the retrovirus start to develop symptoms this quickly?


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Expert:  Dr. Deepu Sebin Sebastian replied 4 Days.

Hello,
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The symptoms you felt are way too soon, in most cases, if HIV is acquired, a flu like symptom may develop but never this early, it takes a minimum of 2 weeks to show up.
This is not retrovirus, but could just be due to a different viral infection.
Please feel free to discuss further.


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