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The initial symptoms are the same as and indistinguishable from influenza and lasts about as long. The virus then hides from the immune system and in most cases no other symptoms will be seen for a latent period of 5 to 20 years, at which point the immune system begins to rapidly fail and a wide variety of opportunistic infections and cancers appear.
During the latent period as there are no symptoms the only way to detect an infection with HIV is with lab tests to antibodies to the virus.
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