16 Signs A Person Might Have HIV

16 Signs A Person Might Have HIV

It is a known fact that recognizing an HIV-infected individual just by face alone is an impossibility. But the symptoms below could mean a person is suffering from the deadly disease.

Be warned though, that most of these symptoms can be indicative of other ailments and it doesn't necessarily mean you have been infected.

This is why it is important to check your status as often as you can with an HIV Screening Test to know for sure.

If you are suffering from some or all of the symptoms below, you are advised to go get tested as soon as possible.

1) Fever

One of the first symptoms 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 quantities"


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.

3)Achy muscles, joint pain, swollen lymph nodes.

4)Sore throat and headache.

5)Skin rash

Skin rashes can occur early or late in the course of HIV/AIDS.

6)Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.

7)Weight loss

Once called “AIDS wasting,” weight loss is a sign of more advanced illness and could be due in part to severe diarrhea.

8)Dry cough.


10)Night sweats.

11)Nail changes: Another sign of late HIV infection are nail changes, such as clubbing (thickening and curving of the nails), splitting of the nails, or discoloration (black or brown lines going either vertically or horizontally).

Often this is due to a fungal infection, such as candida.

12)Yeast infections

Another fungal infection that’s common in later stages is thrush, a mouth infection caused by Candida, a type of yeast.

13)Confusion or difficulty concentrating

Cognitive problems could be a sign of HIV-related dementia, which usually occurs late in the course of the


In addition to confusion and difficulty concentrating, AIDS- related dementia might also involve memory problems

14)Cold sores or private part herpes

Cold sores (oral herpes) and private part herpes can be a sign of both ARS and late-stage HIV infection. And having herpes can also be a risk factor for contracting HIV. This is because private part herpes can cause ulcers that make it easier for HIV to enter the body during sex. And people who have HIV tend to have more severe herpes outbreaks more often because HIV weakens the immune system.

15)Tingling and weakness

Late HIV can also cause numbness and tingling in the hands and feet. This is called peripheral neuropathy, which also occurs in people with uncontrolled diabetes.

16)Menstrual irregularities.

Please, go and check your status. Protect yourself in everyway you can against this deadful scourge.

Source: Naija.ng

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