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