The only way to know for sure if you have HIV is through HIV testing.
Knowing your status is important because it helps you make healthy decisions to prevent getting or transmitting HIV. The symptoms of HIV vary, depending on the individual and what stage of the disease you are in so it is vital for anyone who thinks that they are at risk to get tested and know their HIV status.
About 40% to 90% of people have flu-like symptoms within 2-4 weeks after HIV infection. Other people do not feel sick at all during this stage, which is also known as acute HIV infection. These symptoms can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks. During this time, HIV infection may not show up on some types of HIV tests, but people who have it are highly infectious and can spread the infection to others.
If you think you may have been exposed to HIV and could be in the early stage of HIV infection, get an HIV test. HIV is treatable with medication and self care if it is recognised early on.
You can get tested at a clinic or nowadays there are several home HIV testing kits that you can use. Some places use HIV tests that can detect acute and recent infections, but others do not. So be sure to let your testing site know if you think you may have been recently infected with HIV.
HIV is NOT a death sentence. With testing and treatment those infected with HIV can live a normal and happy life.