10 Early Signs That You Might Have Caught The HIV Virus.
Sex and health education have played a key role in the number of HIV cases dropping. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in the last decade new diagnosis of the disease has decreased by 19% in the country. Yet, of the 1.2 million people living with HIV, 1 out 8 are unaware they have it.
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that will live in a person for the rest of his or her life. It can be transmitted from an infected person through blood, semen, breast milk, and vaginal and anal fluids. A person may also become infected through dirty needles, syringes, blood transfusion, and during gestation or birth.
If untreated, HIV can develop to AIDS. Early diagnosis and treatment, however, can give a person a normal and healthy life. The best way to know if you have HIV is through a test. Still, there are symptoms that serve as a warning sign to get tested.
People can begin to show signs of HIV within 45 days of infection.
The individual may have a fever or flu like symptoms that can last anywhere from one to two weeks.
Some people may have all the symptoms or none at all. It varies from person to person.
Exhaustion and fatigue even if you just woke up is a sign that something is not right.
These are all symptoms of the early stage of HIV.
Joint and muscle pains are prevalent in the legs and back. Swollen lymph nodes begin to appear, these are found in your armpit, groin, and neck.
Getting an HIV test early in the infection may not appear. It's always best to try again if you believe you may have been exposed to the virus.
A headache and sore throat for more than a couple days is a sign that the virus is in the blood stream. From this point, it begins to replicate in large numbers.
The flu-like symptoms when a person has contracted HIV is called acute retroviral syndrome (ARS).
Unexplained boils, rashes, and itchy pink spots surface. Topical creams will not heal these rashes which usually appear on the torso.
It is important to note that even if you do not have the symptoms of HIV, you can still infect others.
Some people lose their appetite completely while others continue to consume the same amount of food. However, rapid weight loss, often referred to as "AIDS weights" means the individual has lost 10% or more of their body weight.
A dry cough that does not go away and is not related to allergies or flu.
Medication or inhalers do not help with the ongoing cough.
Night sweats affect 50% of people in the early stages of HIV.
You don't have to exercise or be really hot outside to experience excessive sweating. People usually wake up to discover both their pj's and bed sheets are drenched in sweat.
As the virus multiplies, it attacks the immune system making people prone to bacterial, fungus diseases, and infections.
Fungal infections will make nails split, discolour, and thicken. Often times, it appears to look like a clubbed or curved nail with black or brown lines running both vertically and horizontally.
Regular tasks like concentrating at work become an impossible thing to do.
People begin to lose their fine motor skills, lack coordination, and feel confused. Forgetting things, becoming angry, and irritable may be part of AIDS-related dementia.