Signs and Symptoms You Might Have Contracted HIV


40-90% of people experience flu-like symptoms within a month or two of HIV entering the body. But sometimes HIV symptoms don’t appear for years, sometimes even a decade, after infection.

Here are some signs and symptoms that may indicate HIV infection.

Signs and Symptoms You Might Have Contracted HIV

  1. Dry Cough – This is the earliest sign of HIV.
  2. Fever – Constant mild fever around 102F.
  3. Fatigue – Theinflammatory response to HIV of the immune system leads to fatigue.
  4. Joint pain – The same inflammatory response results in inflamed and aching joints.
  5. Nausea and diarrhea – About 40% of those infected suffer from diarrhea in the early stages of HIV.
  6. Skin rash – Skin rashes also appear in the early stages.
  7. Night sweat – Around 60% experience night sweats in the early stages.
  8. Yeast Infection – Mouth infection caused by Candida, a type of yeast, appears in later stages of HIV.
  9. Confusion – Cognitive disorders can be a sign of HIV-related dementia.
  10. Headache –Headache as well as sore throat is also recognized as an HIV symptom.
  11. Cold sores – Cold sores and genital herpes appear in advance stages of HIV.
  12. Pneumonia –Pneumonia infection is also a risk due to a weakened immune system.
  13. Tingling and weakness – The later stages of HIV are also characterized by numbness and tingling in both hands and feet.
  14. Menstrual irregularities – The chance of having menstrual irregularities, such as fewer and lighter periods are higher in the later stages.
  15. Weight loss – Weight loss is also a symptom in more advanced stages of HIV.