What are the Symptoms of HIV/Aids?

Symptoms of HIV/Aids

Primary infection (Acute HIV)

Possible signs and symptoms include:

  1. Fever
  2. Headache
  3. Muscle aches and joint pain
  4. Rash
  5. Sore throat and painful mouth sores
  6. Swollen lymph glands, mainly on the neck
  7. Diarrhea
  8. Weight loss
  9. Cough
  10. Night sweats

These symptoms can be so mild that you might not even notice them. However, the amount of virus in your bloodstream (viral load) is quite high at this time. As a result, the infection spreads more easily during primary infection than during the next stage.

Clinical latent infection (Chronic HIV)

In this stage of infection, HIV is still present in the body and in white blood cells. However, many people may not have any symptoms or infections during this time.

This stage can last for many years if you're receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART). Some people develop more severe disease much sooner.

Symptomatic HIV infection

  1. Fever
  2. Fatigue
  3. Swollen lymph nodes-often one of the first signs of HIV infection
  4. Diarrhea
  5. Weight loss
  6. Oral yeast infection (thrush)
  7. Shingles (herpes zoster)
  8. Pneumonia

    Progression to AIDS

    The signs and symptoms of some of these infections may include:

    1. Sweats
    2. Chills
    3. Recurring fever
    4. Chronic diarrhea
    5. Swollen lymph glands
    6. Persistent white spots or unusual lesions on your tongue or in your mouth
    7. Persistent, unexplained fatigue
    8. Weakness
    9. Weight loss
    10. Skin rashes or bumps
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