What Are Early Symptoms or Signs of HIV and AIDS?

Q:

What are the early symptoms or signs of HIV and AIDS?

A:

Some people have no symptoms when they are first infected with HIV. Others start to have flu-like illnesses in the first several weeks after being exposed to the virus. These illnesses commonly are fatigue, fever, swollen glands, achiness, headache and sore throat. People getting HIV may not pay much attention to those symptoms because they’re just like the symptom of flu and become better naturally.

It can take as long as 10 years after infection to have more severe symptoms. During this time, most people go through a gradual decrease in the number of CD4 cells (the immune system’s key infection fighters) in their blood.

Symptoms of AIDS include:

  • frequent fevers and sweating
  • swollen lymph glands
  • fast weight loss
  • extreme and unexplained fatigue
  • continuous or frequent sores in the mouth or vagina

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