If you had unprotected intercourse, be careful, since symptoms similar to flu can develop after being infected by HIV and fever is one of them. Moreover, the fever is actually an inflammatory reaction to the virus in your bloodstream.
This can also be an early indicator of HIV infection. However, it can also occur after some time of having the disease. Sore throat is usually provoked by a thrush in the mouth or esophagus, as well as ulcers.
Joint ache and sore muscles are frequent symptoms of HIV infection and happen in an early phase of the disease. The pain can be a consequence of swollen lymph nodes, or rheumatic diseases. What’s more, rheumatic diseases affect the joints and muscles thus causing inflammation. Furthermore, this illness can lead to vasculitis, fibromyalgia, arthritis. Some HIV medications can also cause these symptoms.
Persistent and dry cough as a symptom of HIV cannot be resolved with simple antibiotics and cough suppressants. The coughing develops as a reaction of the body to the new virus. It is also a long-term symptom of HIV caused by a damaged immune system. If not treated, the cough can later on develop into pneumonia, a much more serious symptom with dangerous effects.
67% of HIV infected population usually experience some kind of lymph node swelling in the neck, under arms, and groin area. All abnormal swellings could be a symptom. The swelling occurs due to the activation of the immune system and the body’s fight against infection.
The headaches, symptoms of HIV, often develop into migraines. A migraine is chronic after affecting a person for 15 or more days on a monthly basis. What’s more, 50% of people suffering from HIV, will experience frequent headaches, while 27% will experience migraines. Out of the general population, only 2% of people experience chronic migraines.
When a person develops HIV, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting occur, thus, leading to temporary loss in weight. In the progressed stage of the illness, weight loss can also occur as a consequence of a disease called AIDS wasting. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, if a person has lost 10% or more percent of their body weight, and has experienced weight loss symptoms for a longer period than 1 month, they are categorized as HIV patients.
They are caused by the Herpes Simplex virus. The herpes can be genital, rectal, or oral. Regardless of their HIV status, anyone can be infected with herpes. HIV patients with cold sores can also experience recurrence of the herpes virus.
An HIV patient can experience ranging body temperatures when they go to sleep at night, from very cold to very hot, quickly. The body pours sweat because of its efforts to regulate the temperature.
The so called HIV rash is seen in nearly 85% of the cases. The rash may further turn into a blister, in the warm and moist areas of the body, the genitals, and the face. The rashes are mostly red itchy and peeling bumps.
The cause is Candida-a fungus which can affect the body in multiple ways, for example, vaginal yeast infections, thrush, intestinal infections, etc.
A lot of people, who have HIV, suffer from constant fatigue without even realizing it. Moreover, this type of tiredness is the one which does not go away with rest. In most of the cases, this is an early phase symptom. Until AIDS develops, once this phase is complete, fatigue may not appear again.
A lot of people who have HIV are unaware, and this is a great threat for that person if they continue practicing unprotected intercourse, thus, spreading the disease further.
In 2001, less than 1% of the population has been tested for HIV. Unfortunately, in South Africa solely, over 5 million people are infected with this disease. Therefore, immediately get tested if you experience any of these symptoms!