Although the risk of HIV transmission is often low, it does not mean there is no risk. In fact, between heterosexual and non heterosexual patients, the number of infections are almost equal.
HIV symptoms in the early stages of the infection 2-4 weeks, mimic almost the same symptoms as a flu. Some people in fact also describe this as the worst flu they have ever experienced. Commonly experienced symptoms include body aches and pain, lethargy, swollen glands, ulcers and sore throats, rashes and even fever chills and night sweats.
HIV symptoms in Men and Women are the same and there is no differentiation. And because HIV symptoms closely mimic a flu or any other viral illness, even COVID19, it is often mistaken and not further investigated. The safest thing to do however if you suspect or are concerned about a possible HIV infection is to undertake regular testing.