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What is Usually the First Sign Of HIV?

It is estimated that almost 100,000 people are living with HIV in England, with 4,400 of those not aware that they have the infection. This is because many of the early symptoms go unnoticed, and are often confused with the common cold. 

In this article, our sexual health experts want to share how you can spot HIV early on, and explain how the symptoms change as the infection develops. But first, what is usually the first sign of HIV?

The first signs of HIV are similar to that of the common cold, usually appearing 2-6 weeks after the initial infection. Early signs of HIV include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Sore lymph nodes
  • Aches and pains
  • Nausea
  • Unusual rashes
  • Fatigue
  • Mouth ulcers or an oral yeast infection

Read on to find out more about the signs of HIV in men and women, how long symptoms can take to appear, and how long you need to wait before you get tested.