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symptoms of hiv?

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Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
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Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
Don't wait!: Don't wait for the symptoms of HIV to show up - get tested if you could be at risk (risk factors: unprotected sex, needle sharing). A few weeks after contracting the virus, HIV causes a flu-like syndrome (fevers, malaise). Then the virus can lie dormant for years before causing life-threatening infections of the lung, brain, and other organs due to the body's damaged and decreased immunity.
Dr. Brian Flyer
Internal Medicine 40 years experience
Hiv: Generally, people are unaware of this because there are no symptoms until one's immune system is sufficiently impaired. That's why it's important to be screened for this even if you don't have symptoms. There is a condition called acute HIV that occurs shortly after contracting the infection, but this is often ignored since many of the symptoms are flu-like.
Dr. David Rosenthal
Allergy and Immunology 21 years experience
Acute HIV: Acute HIV symptoms occur soon after exposure to HIV and include "flu like symptoms" such as fever, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat, rash, muscle pain, malaise, mouth/esophageal sores. These symptoms last for a few weeks, and then patients largely do not have any symptoms. If you think you could have hiv, get tested.
Dr. Dominic Riganotti
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
There are many.: Symptoms of HIV can vary greatly. During acute infection only about 30% of people experience anything you would call a symptom such as fevers night sweats chills and swelling of lymph nodes over their body. Severe weight loss and diarrhea are usually more progressive signs of infection present usually after months to years. Skin cancers such as kaposi's sarcoma can also arise but these are all.
Dr. Camilla Graham
Infectious Disease 27 years experience
Acute or chronic?: Acute HIV can look like a lingering flu-like syndrome, with fevers, chills, night sweats, sore throat, fatigue, rash, abdominal pain or nausea, etc. This can be diagnosed with an HIV antibody or viral load test. Chronic HIV may be asymptomatic, or may show weight loss, fatigue, night sweats, swollen lymph nodes, yeast infections, or skin problems. Every adult should have at least one HIV test.
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
None: Having HIV is usually asymptomatic. One needs a test to determine infection.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the main HIV symptoms?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Many symptoms: This question is posted often, and though i'm an HIV expert, i ignore it for 3 reasons: (1) there are too many to list here, (2) by the time you have symptoms, you've had HIV for a long time, and (3) everyone should be tested long before they get symptoms. I'll just say that symptoms of acute HIV infection are similar to those of mono: fever, swollen nodes, fatigue, rash, sore throat.
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A 32-year-old female asked:

What r symptoms of hiv?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
HIV: Acute HIV disease may present as a mononucleosis-like syndrome, may have neurological findings, but is often asymptomatic. Late in the course of HIV disease the symptoms are related to the infections and other conditions associated with immune deficiency. If you are concerned that you may have been exposed the best thing to do is to go and be tested.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How long could HIV symptoms occur?

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Dr. Dominic Riganotti
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Complicated answer: The question you asked is a difficult one. Only about 30% of people at initial infection will experience any kind of symptomatology such as night sweats lymph node swelling or diarrhea. In general terms it's believed to take anywhere from 5 to 10 years to effectively dismantle the immune system enough to start getting what we referred to as opportunistic and life-threatening infections.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What different HIV symptoms are common?

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Dr. Daniel Lee
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Difficult to say: It is difficult to say exactly what are the common symptoms in someone with hiv. Some people may have absolutely no symptoms at the time of diagnosis. Typical common symptoms may be very nonspecific, such as fever, weight loss, cough, or rash. As you can tell, these may also represent a typical cold or flu. Thus, the general recommendation is if you are concerned about hiv/aids, get tested.
A 37-year-old member asked:

When before HIV symptoms start?

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Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Varies per person.: Within a few weeks of being infected with hiv, some people develop flu-like symptoms that last for a week or two, but others have no symptoms at all. People living with HIV may appear and feel healthy for several years. However, even if they feel healthy, HIV is still affecting their bodies, and can be spread to other people. Swollen lymph glands and fatigue are common symptoms after a few years.

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