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Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) causes your body's immune system to attack itself. It is a type of infection that may remain latent and inactive within an individual for many, many years without producing any symptoms. However, without treatment, the condition makes your body especially vulnerable to infections and other health problems. If left unchecked, the virus can advance to become acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). It is, thus, essential to be aware of the symptoms of HIV so that you can get treated right away. Here are some of the most common warning signs.

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1. Fever

Within a month of contracting HIV, 40 to 90 percent of infected individuals develop flu-like symptoms, called acute retroviral syndrome (ARS). With this syndrome, you'll likely develop a fever, though your temperature will likely rise no higher than 102 degrees Fahrenheit. The fever typically lasts for a few days, and most patients find that it has subsided entirely within two weeks.

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