What are the early symptoms of HIV?

The early symptoms of an HIV infection are very similar to many other illnesses, including the common cold. Just over half those newly infected with HIV will have symptoms. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Rash
  • Sore throat
  • Chest infection
  • Vomiting.

Given these symptoms occur frequently for many other infections and diseases, the only way to know your HIV status for sure is to get tested.

What are the later symptoms of HIV?

After any initial symptoms, many people have an asymptomatic phase. This means they do not notice any symptoms. They may not notice anything is wrong with them for a period of years. During this time, HIV does start to damage the body, if it is not kept under control with medication. You may find that it takes longer to recover from an illness in this time and that you do not respond to medication as quickly as you used to.

When should I get tested?

Better2Know has two testing options depending on how long ago your potential exposure was. 

  • For over 10 days, you can choose our Early Detection Screen.
  • For over 28 days, you can choose our HIV DUO Test.

If you choose the Early Detection Screen, you should follow up at 28 days with the HIV DUO Test.

Is the HIV test confidential?

If you choose to have a HIV test with Better2Know we will not disclose that you have attended a test appointment to anyone without your consent. However, the laboratory where your sample is analysed will follow national guidelines in the event of a positive HIV test. This may include a requirement to provide photographic ID when you attend your test. 

Better2Know offers HIV testing around the world. If you do not want to have your HIV test in the Middle East, we can help you with other locations including: London, Dublin, Madrid and Johannesburg. The decision is always yours on where to test.

How long does it take to get my results?

Depending on the location, your results for the Better2Know 28-day test will be ready as soon as three days from when your sample is received at our laboratory. For the Early Detection 10-day test, your results will be ready no longer than four days after we receive your sample.