Skip to content

How would I know if I have HIV?

Dr. Demetre: I had unprotected sex two weeks ago. Now I have a cold. I’m freaking out. How worried should I be?

Dr. David: I’m a doctor.

Dr. Demetre: I’m Dr. Demetre.

Dr. David: And I’m Dr. David.

Dr. Demetre: We’re HIV doctors.

Dr. David: And we’re here to answer your questions on HIV and sexual health.

Dr. Demetre: So the answer is, don’t freak out. Be worried enough to go see a doctor. HIV is just like other STDs. Not everybody gets symptoms. So certainly don’t wait for symptoms to get tested for HIV and don’t wait for symptoms to get tested for STDs. It’s a matter of routine care for gay men – get tested every three to six months. Have a whole battery of tests done – HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia – it’s just a way to maintain your health and to make sure that you aren’t carrying something asymptomatic.

Are you looking for signs? Don’t fool yourself. Dr. Demetre shares how you know for sure if you have HIV.

As with many other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), HIV often shows NO symptoms initially. As a result, people who have HIV often don’t find out until much later when the disease is further along and treatments may be less effective.

You cannot rely on symptoms to tell you whether or not you have HIV. The only way to know for sure if you have HIV is to get tested.

Click here to find free and low cost HIV testing locations in your area.


#AskTheHIVDoc is a video series from Greater Than HIV featuring top HIV doctors providing answers to commonly-asked questions about HIV prevention, testing and treatment.

This information is shared for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. The views expressed are those of the featured medical professional and reflect information available to that professional at time of filming. Always consult a health care provider for any personal health decision.

While we make every effort to keep the medical information on our website updated, we cannot guarantee that the information reflects the most up-to-date research. Also, please note the views expressed by individuals who appear in Greater Than HIV videos and other content are their own and are not made on behalf of any groups/organizations/associations.