5 Symptoms of HIV You Shouldn’t Ignore

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People are always scared of hooking up with HIV singles because of the risk of getting infected. However, people who are aware of their condition and receive regular treatments are not those who spread this disease; it is those who are unaware of their HIV status. But how can someone not know if they are positive? Well, sometimes HIV symptoms don’t appear for years after infection so many people stay clueless about their health problem. Therefore, everyone should get tested at least once a year, especially those who have unprotected sex with more than one partner. In case you notice some of these symptoms, it might be wise to visit your doctor and do a blood test.

Fever

When the virus enters the bloodstream and starts to replicate, the host develops a mild fever, up to about 102 degrees F. It is often accompanied by fatigue, swollen lymph glands, and a sore throat. People who have been infected often feel tired and lethargic and any kind of activity makes them feel exhausted.  If you had unprotected sex and you are experiencing these symptoms, getting an HIV test is a good idea. Not only will you know where you stand, but you will also do your potential partners a favor since this virus is most infectious in the earliest stage.

Skin rash

All these previous symptoms might just mean you have a cold but noticing a rash on your skin is a red flag. If the rash is not easily explained or easily treated, visit your doctor as soon as possible.

Vomiting and diarrhea

Up to 60 % of people who have been infected experience short-term nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea in the early stages. If these symptoms are not going away and cannot be treated with usual therapy, it might a sign of HIV.

Weight loss

This is one of the symptoms of a more advanced illness, so if you are involuntarily getting thinner, your immune system is probably depleted. People in this stage lose weight even if they continue to eat as much as possible.

Night Sweats

About 50 % of people with HIV get night sweats during the early stages of infection. This symptom is hard to ignore since night sweats will soak your bedclothes and sheets.

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