What is HIV?

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. HIV is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (or AIDS) if not treated.

How is HIV spread?

HIV can be spread via oral, anal, and vaginal sexual intercourse.

Am I at risk for HIV?

Anyone who is sexually active is at risk for HIV. However, sexually active young people have a higher risk of infection. Sexually active gay, bisexual, and other men are also at a higher risk.

What are symptoms of HIV?

Some people may develop flu-like symptoms within the first two to four weeks of infection but the virus might not be detectable during this timeframe. Some of the symptoms include:

Fever Chill
Rash Night sweats
Muscle aches Sore throat
Fatigue Swollen lymph nodes
Mouth ulcers

What is the testing window for HIV?

The testing window for HIV is 1-4 weeks for an early detection test.