Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks the immune system. A damaged and deficient immune system leaves you more susceptible to infections of every kind, from the common cold to COVID-19 to cancer. Your recovery time is longer, and the risk of long-term effects increases.

If left untreated or poorly managed, HIV progresses to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).

How Is HIV Spread?

HIV is spread by exchange of bodily fluids of someone infected with HIV. Unprotected sex and sharing of injectible needles are the most common ways HIV is spread.

What Are the Symptoms of HIV?

About two to four weeks after contracting the virus, the following flu-like symptoms appear:

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

These symptoms do not mean you have HIV, but if you think you’ve been exposed to HIV, it’s best to get tested right away.  

Is There a Cure for HIV?

While there are many medications that can manage symptoms and lower the chance of spreading HIV, there is no cure for HIV. If you contract HIV, you will have the virus for the rest of your life. 

How Do I Know If I Have HIV?

The only way to determine if you have HIV is to get tested. 

Private Testing Center is here to help with all your testing needs. We offer affordable and convenient testing in a constant effort to prevent the spread of Herpes, HIV and other STDs. We deliver fast results so any necessary treatment can happen quickly. Same Day appointments are available and with over 1500 locations nationwide, your closest location is only a short drive away. We understand your privacy is of the utmost importance and we assure confidentiality for every one of our customers.