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40-90% of people experience flu-like symptoms within a month or two of HIV entering the body. But sometimes HIV symptoms dont appear for years, sometimes even a decade, after infection.
Here are some signs and symptoms that may indicate HIV infection.
- Dry Cough This is the earliest sign of HIV.
- Fever Constant mild fever around 102F.
- Fatigue Theinflammatory response to HIV of the immune system leads to fatigue.
- Joint pain The same inflammatory response results in inflamed and aching joints.
- Nausea and diarrhea About 40% of those infected suffer from diarrhea in the early stages of HIV.
- Skin rash Skin rashes also appear in the early stages.
- Night sweat Around 60% experience night sweats in the early stages.
- Yeast Infection Mouth infection caused by Candida, a type of yeast, appears in later stages of HIV.
- Confusion Cognitive disorders can be a sign of HIV-related dementia.
- Headache Headache as well as sore throat is also recognized as an HIV symptom.
- Cold sores Cold sores and genital herpes appear in advance stages of HIV.
- Pneumonia Pneumonia infection is also a risk due to a weakened immune system.
- Tingling and weakness The later stages of HIV are also characterized by numbness and tingling in both hands and feet.
- Menstrual irregularities The chance of having menstrual irregularities, such as fewer and lighter periods are higher in the later stages.
- Weight loss Weight loss is also a symptom in more advanced stages of HIV.