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Most people experience flu-like symptoms after they have been infected with HIV. This phase is called primary infection. Because the body is not producing antibodies at this time, the virus can multiply rapidly. For this reason, if you experience flu-like symptoms after having unprotected sex, you should speak to a doctor immediately about the possibility that you may have been infected with HIV. Important: from this point on, only practise safer sex – even if you’re in a committed relationship.

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PRIMARY INFECTION

People often experience flu-like symptoms anywhere from a few days to a few weeks after being infected with HIV. This phase is known as primary infection. Anyone who experiences symptoms such as fever, fatigue, night sweats, swollen lymph nodes or skin rash after having unprotected sex should speak to a doctor immediately about the possibility of having been infected with HIV.  

Primary infection symptoms vary in severity from person to person, and some people experience no symptoms at all.  

> Watch this informational film about primary infection to learn about how to detect HIV early on: