Sero-conversion Illness

When a person becomes infected, they may experience symptoms of sero-conversion illness.  The most common symptoms that occur in a new HIV infection are sore throat, rash and fever. Many guys who have been infected with HIV report flu-like symptoms: nausea, vomiting, night sweats and swollen glands. These symptoms may occur about ten to 14 days after being infected, lasting for one or two weeks. This is known as sero-conversion illness. Other common symptoms include mouth ulcers, joint pain, loss of appetite, weight loss, muscle pain and feeling overly tired or sick.

Between 70% and 90% of people experience symptoms soon after HIV infection, but few people know these symptoms are HIV related. Undiagnosed or improperly diagnosed HIV symptoms may result in a person having HIV without knowing it. Men with recent infections may also have a higher viral load and therefore be more infectious to other men.  Even if you’ve recently engaged in condomless anal sex and experience these symptoms, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s sero-conversion illness—but you may want to consider an Early HIV test.