Thursday, January 21, 2010

HIV 101 - What are the symptoms of HIV?


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In the period immediately after infection has taken place there aren't any specific symptoms. Within two to four weeks after exposure to HIV, a person might have flu-like symptoms such as fever, swollen glands, muscle aches, diarrhea, fatigue or rash. In rare instances they may occur within a few days after the exposure has taken place.


These symptoms usually go away after a week or two. Often, if they occur at all, they're so mild they're hardly noticeable, although for some people they are severe enough to warrant calling a doctor.


It's important to keep in mind these symptoms are almost identical to those of many other illnesses. That's why testing is so important. Very often people who have the symptoms are worrying unnecessarily. Only by taking the HIV test can someone reliably know their HIV status. Everything else is just guessing and HIV is too important and issue to merely guess about. [source: http://www.poz.com]


Just to summarize, following are the main HIV symptoms:

1. Rapid weight loss

2. Dry cough

3. Recurring fever or profuse night sweats

4. Profound and unexplained fatigue

5. Wollen lymph glands in the armpits, groin, or neck

6. Diarrhea that lasts for more than a week

7. White spots or unusual blemishes on the tongue, in the mouth, or in the throat

8. Pneumonia

9. Red, brown, pink, or purplish blotches on or under the skin or inside the mouth, nose, or eyelids

10. Memory loss, depression, and other neurological disorders.


Please don't rely on HIV symptoms to know whether or not you are infected with HIV. There is a possibility that you don't show any of the HIV symptoms but can still be infected with HIV/AIDS.[source: http://www.hivsymptomsonline.com]


Since there is no known cure for HIV yet, it is better to get tested soon... early detection and treatment of HIV is better than cure.




5 comments:

wanderingcommuter said...

thanks for the info. noted!

bampiraako said...

Keep on posting informative blog entries!

The Green Man said...

Hi Wanderingcommunter: You're most welcome.

Hi bampiraako: Will do. That's what I am planning to do... kasi I realized ang daming taong hindi alam kajit yung basic in formation.

Manech said...

This is informative. Hope to read more.

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