HIV Emergencies | Emergency Room Symptoms

HIV Emergencies | Emergency Room Symptoms 2017-09-28T14:21:31+00:00

HIV Emergencies

We provide emergency room HIV testing and treatment 24/7 at all our emergency room locations.


Monday – Friday24 HOURS
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SignatureCare Emergency Center

HIV Symptoms

HIV symptoms can appear suddenly and can get worse over time. Some people have HIV for years before they know they are infected. For others, HIV symptoms appear immediately after they are infected. If you do not show any symptoms of HIV then you could pass the virus to others. The best way to prevent the spread of HIV is to get tested. If you participate in unprotected sex or sharing drug needles the CDC recommends getting tested once a year.

 Most common HIV Symptoms

  • rash
  • abdominal pain
  • sore throat
  • severe headache
  • fever

Less Common HIV Symptoms

  • nausea
  • fatigue
  • ulcer in the mouth
  • infections
  • vomiting
  • sweats
  • muscle aches and pains

Advanced Stages of HIV Symptoms

  • constant diarrhea
  • rapid weight loss
  • pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • vaginal infections (BV and yeast infection)
  • chills
  • shortness of breath
  • coughing
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • memory loss or neurological disorders

If you have any of the symptoms above and you think you have been exposed to HIV, visit Signature Care Emergency Center right away. SignatureCare has HIV testing that can quickly identify and treat HIV. It is important that you seek medical treatment within 72 hours of exposure to HIV for the best possible treatment. Having HIV symptoms is an emergency, so come to one of our nearest emergency room immediately.

HIV treatment method PrEP

We offer preventative HIV treatment with a method called Post-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP. PrEP can prevent HIV from infecting a patient and can be taken within 72 hours after a possible exposure to HIV.
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How PrEP Works

PrEP works by stopping these copies from being made. It is so important to begin taking PrEP medications right away before the virus gets a chance to duplicate itself. The medication has to be taken within a period of 72 hours to be effective.

Side Effects of HIV Medication

Modern drugs are very effective at treating HIV Emergencies, they may cause serious side effects or complications. In some cases, these side effects require immediate medical treatment to prevent further complications.

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Severe Weight Loss

HIV Testing

We understand that possible HIV exposure can be upsetting but our board-certified medical professionals will take the time to discuss treatment options as well as the value of proactive sexual health. We can answer any questions that you may have in cleared and easy-to-understand terms. It’s our goal to help you take charge of your personal health and we’re here to help in any way that we can.

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of HIV infection visit one of our convenient 24/7 locations for HIV testing.

Emergency Room Symptoms

SignatureCare Emergency Room Services.