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pleaseadvised:
Hi,

I have been reading up on the internet regarding ARS symptoms and it says that they occur 2-4 weeks after infection. Is there a chance for ARS to occur at 7 weeks? I came down with a massive flu and a lot of ARS symptoms and the mind panics since I had a sex encounter 7 weeks ago.

Andy Velez:
Neither the presence nor the absence of symptoms will ever tell you anything accurately about your HIV status.

If you have had an incident of unprotected intercourse either vaginal or anal you need to get an HIV test. The CDC recommends doing that at 13 weeks after the most recent incident.

If your symptoms persist you should discuss them with your doctor.

ARS at 7 weeks is not unheard of but it would be very uncommon in my experience. The overwhelming number of those who are going to seroconvert do within 4-6 weeks after an exposure. The average time to seroconversion is 22 days.

I also recommend you read our lesson on Transmission as well as the one on Testing.

And not the least, what was your risk?

Cheers, 

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