• Beware!! See 15 SHOCKING SYMPTOMS that Could Mean You Are HIV Positive

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    “In the early stages of HIV infection, the most
    common symptoms are none,” says Michael
    Horberg, MD, director of HIV/AIDS for Kaiser
    Permanente, in Oakland, Calif. One in five
    people in the United States with HIV doesn’t
    know they have it, which is why it’s so important to get tested, especially if you have
    unprotected sex with more than one partner
    or use intravenous drugs. Here are some signs
    that you may be HIV-positive.

    Fever: One of the first signs of ARS can be a mild fever, up to about 102 degrees F. The
    fever, if it occurs at all, is often accompanied by
    other usually mild symptoms, such as fatigue,
    swollen lymph glands, and a sore throat. “At
    this point the virus is moving into the blood
    stream and starting to replicate in large numbers,” says Carlos Malvestutto, MD,
    instructor of infectious diseases and
    immunology in the department of medicine at
    NYU School of Medicine in New York City. “As
    that happens, there is an inflammatory reaction
    by the immune system.”

    Fatigue: The inflammatory response generated by your besieged immune system
    also can cause you to feel tired and lethargic.
    Fatigue can be both an early and later sign of
    HIV. Ron, 54, a public relations executive in the
    Midwest, started to worry about his health
    when he suddenly got winded just walking. “Everything I did, I got out of breath,” he says.
    “Before that I had been walking three miles a
    day.” Ron had tested HIV positive 25 years
    before feeling so tired; fatigue during acute, or
    newly contracted, HIV might not be so
    obvious.

    Achy Muscles & Joint Pain: ARS is often mistaken for the flu, mononucleosis, or
    another viral infection, even syphilis or
    hepatitis. That’s not surprising: Many of the
    symptoms are the same, including pain in the
    joints and muscles and swollen lymph glands.
    Lymph nodes are part of your body’s immune system and tend to get inflamed when there’s
    an infection. Many of them are located in your
    armpit, groin, and neck.

    Sore Throat & Headache: As with other symptoms, sore throat and headache can often
    be recognized as ARS only in context, Dr.
    Horberg says. If you’ve engaged recently in
    high-risk behavior, an HIV test is a good idea.

    Get tested for your own sake and for others:
    HIV is most infectious in the earliest stage. Keep
    in mind that the body hasn’t produced
    antibodies to HIV yet so an antibody test may
    not pick it up. (It can take a few weeks to a few
    monthsfor HIV antibodies to show in a blood test). Investigate other test options such as one
    that detects viral RNA, typically within nine
    days of infection.
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