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Is This HIV?

Published: June 28, 2016
Dear TeenHealthFX,
is this hiv
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Dear Is This HIV?,

According to Planned Parenthood’s article on HIV/AIDS:

HIV/AIDS at a Glance

  • HIV is the infection that causes AIDS
  • HIV has few or no symptoms for up to 10 years or more before symptoms of AIDS develop.
  • There is no cure for HIV/AIDS, but treatment is available.
  • HIV can be spread during sex play.
  • Latex and female condoms offer very good protection against HIV.

 

What Are the Symptoms of HIV?

Some people develop HIV symptoms shortly after being infected. But it usually takes more than 10 years. There are several stages of HIV disease. The first HIV symptoms may include swollen glands in the throat, armpit, or groin. Other early HIV symptoms include slight fever, headaches, fatigue, and muscle aches. These symptoms may last for only a few weeks. Then there are usually no HIV symptoms for many years. That is why it can be hard to know if you have HIV.

How Can I Know If I Have HIV?

You cannot know for sure if you have HIV unless you get tested. About 1 out of 6 people with HIV don’t know they are infected, so testing is very important. Read more about HIV testing.

 

 

For more information about HIV/AIDS, including preventing the spread of HIV, what to do if you have HIV/AIDS, treatment options and more, go to: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/stds-hiv-safer-sex/hiv-aids.

Tests are available from Planned Parenthood health centers and most physicians, hospitals, and health clinics. Local, state, and federal health departments offer free testing. You can also buy an HIV home test kit. Read more about HIV testing.

You can also speak to your doctor about any questions or concerns you may have about HIV/AIDS. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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