The HIV incubation period takes a long time. When HIV is transmitted through body fluids, such as semen, breast milk, or blood transfusions and entering our system, there is generally no AIDS symptoms at all. In less than three months when tested most likely negative results. This is because the HIV virus proliferates first so that after three months can only be detected through blood tests by Elisa method. The waiting period is known as the window period. At this time the negative test results can be false negative which means actually positive but detected negatively. The window period is different from the incubation period in which after HIV infection, about 5 10 years later the symptoms of AIDS will appear. Before the normal period of AIDS, symptoms appear that including the AIDS indicator, but can not be called AIDS because it is still limited to one or two symptoms. This condition is called AIDS Related Complex (ARC). Until after HIV manifests, the body becomes more susceptible to disease because the virus attacks the immune system. In January 2005, the US Department of Health and Services issued official recommendations and guidelines for post-exposure prophylaxis of HIV after sexual acts, injecting drug use, and other nonoccupational exposure to the HIV virus. Our clinic, HIV PEP Clinic Singapore uses the latest antiretroviral (ARV) medications in accordance with the latest guidelines.
HIV virus can hide in the body for 2 to 4 weeks. The acute infection stage lasts nearly a month. The initial symptoms can include fever, sore throat, rash, muscle pain, and swollen lymph nodes. Next will appear wounds around the mouth and throat. After that, it will enter a latent stage, where all the symptoms disappear for several weeks or even years before it eventually develops into Auto Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). And resulted in unknown weight loss, lung infections, rashes and mouth sores. In this condition, the immune system becomes so weak that it is susceptible to hepatitis, herpes, tuberculosis, and pneumonia.