Here you can read more about HIV symptoms, AIDS, and other related issues. We will try to give you some explanations, but keep in mind that the only way to detect HIV is to do the testing for HIV. This is important to know, because in some cases, people who are infected with HIV do not have any symptoms. There is no cure to this infection, but today, there are ways to treat it and avoid serious complications.
However, successful treatment is only possible if HIV is diagnosed in time, meaning during the first several months. During this time, the first symptoms of HIV are likely to occur, but the worst thing is that they often resemble flu symptoms and they will probably be ignored. After these symptoms are gone, asymptomatic phase will start and no symptoms will occur for a long time. Asymptomatic phase can last for a decade or longer. During this period, a person with HIV can be quite unaware that he/she is infected, which can only make things even more dangerous. HIV will continue to spread and destroy the immune system, until the last phase. People who don’t know they are infected can easily infect other people. To avoid this, the best thing anyone can do is test for HIV. We will tell you more about the most common HIV symptoms in both men and women.
What Are the Symptoms of HIV?
Early HIV symptoms can occur several weeks after the infection. Some people do not experience any of the symptoms, but everyone should know about early symptoms of HIV.
Some of the most common ones are:
- Flu-like symptoms
– Fever (mild to moderate)
– Weight loss (without any dieting)
– Night sweats
– Persistent diarrhea
– Lymph nodes swelling
– Swollen glands under the armpit
– Constant physical weakness
– White spots inside the mouth
– Brown or red spots inside the mouth and nose (but also on other parts of the body)
– Women can experience some unexplained changes in their menstrual cycle.
– Genital warts can also occur
Those were some of the symptoms of HIV. These symptoms usually disappear without any special treatment, and after they’re gone, asymptomatic phase will start. This phase can last for ten or more years, without any symptoms or indications. After some time, the symptoms will probably occur, but they will be much worse and they will be accompanied by other opportunistic infections. This happens because the body is too weak to fight any infection and the immune system cannot be recovered. Some of these infections, like pneumonia or tuberculosis, can be lethal if they occur in the last stage (AIDS).
As we said, early diagnosis is extremely important. If you experience any of these symptoms, do not wait for too long, but visit your doctor and do the testing for HIV. Even if you feel healthy, you should get this test done. These tests are sophisticated enough to detect HIV in its early stage, which is crucial for successful treatment. There is no cure, but there are medications that can be very helpful. Antiretroviral medications are now available and they can help in keeping the virus under control. Thanks to antiretroviral medications, people with HIV can live much longer and without any serious complications. Again, this is only possible if HIV is diagnosed early.
The purpose of this article is to educate and provide more information about this disease. Education should be an important part of HIV prevention. It is impossible to protect yourself if you don’t know what you are dealing with. Many mistakes are made out of ignorance. Keep in mind that some of those mistakes can be lethal. Don’t let that happen.