This article first appeared in HIV Update, a publication of aidsmap.com, here.
In the very first few weeks after infection with HIV, some people feel unwell. Commonly reported symptoms at this time include fever, sore throat, tiredness, a skin rash, aching muscles and joints, swollen lymph glands and headaches.
These symptoms are the result of the immune system’s production of antibodies to HIV in order to mount a defence against HIV. This is known as seroconversion.