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Can you have HIV without a fever? Since my sex encounter I have been checking my temperature 4 times a day under the tongue temperature and it has been 8 weeks. But still no fever my temperature is between 97.6 - 98.3 the only symptoms I've had was swollen glands behind ear/under jaw but I don't know if I'm just overly aware now since this exposure to anything in my body. I keep inspecting myself and taking my temperature.


Yes, it is possible to have HIV without having a fever. Many people who get HIV feel no symptoms at all. Early symptoms, when they happen, are usually fever, swollen glands, rash and fatigue. Usually this happens within 2 – 4 weeks after you come in contact with HIV and symptoms can last for 1 – 2 weeks.

Keep in mind fever can be also caused by many other things.

If you are concerned about HIV the best way to find out is by going for a HIV test. An HIV test at 8 weeks would be very accurate (approximately 98%), although it can take up to 3 months for a final result. 

Check out our clinic finder ff you need help finding a clinic for confidential testing.

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Health Nurse

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This answer was posted on April 2, 2013

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