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Dear Dr.

It's 42 days now after exposure, and my mild-high temperature of 37.2 to 37.7 disappeared (it lasted for about 5 days) my stomach pain also went away, the only problem I still have is a bad headache (6 days now)

My question is, usually how many days should the HIV early infection symptoms last?

My other question is, since I'm above the 2 to 6 weeks after-exposure period, shouldn't I now stop having any HIV infections symptoms? or could it appear even after the 6 weeks?


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replied February 24th, 2012
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Hello and welcome to e health forum.

The commonly accepted average core body temperature (taken internally) is 37.5 °C (99.5 °F). The typical oral measurement is slightly cooler, with a range of 36.5 - 37.5 °C.

Hence your body temperatures are within normal range.

Other symptoms like headache and stomach pain, are not indicative of HIV infection.

Hence all your concerns of you having HIV symptoms is incorrect.

In addition, symptoms due to HIV are very nonspecific. Any combination of symptoms can be attributed to HIV. In the same way, ‎those symptoms can also be caused by many other causes. ‎

In case you think, you have HIV, first I would recommend you consult a HIV counselor in ‎person. A detailed history about your sexual partners, and other factors will help to evaluate the actual risk in your ‎case, and this will help to decide if you need a HIV test or not. ‎

In case, you do want to get tested, you can get a 4th generation ELISA test at least after 4 weeks after exposure, to ‎get a valid and dependable result. ‎

I hope this helps.‎


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