Appearances can be deceiving, and such is the case with HIV. Early symptoms of HIV are very similar to other illnesses effects, which makes it difficult to diagnose HIV infection. Most people do not experience any symptoms right after becoming infected. The first symptoms that show up occur about 90 days after infection, and appear similar to those of the flu, including the following:
|Loss of energy|
|Swollen lymph glands|
During this period, the infected human is very liable to transmit the virus. Becuase these are only sustained for a few weeks, they are usually mistaken for a flu or other infection. AIDS does not set in for 10 years, and during this time the virus exterminates helper T cells in large amounts without causing many symptoms. Some that may occur here are:
|Loss of body weight|
|The nerve disease known as shingles|
|Short term forgetfulness|
The most common symptoms, however, are fevers and an abnormal body heat. Finally, when the infection is advanced to the state of AIDS, more drastic symptoms are developed.
Shortness of breath
|Advanced disorientation and memory loss|
|Extreme loss of energy|
|Going into a coma|
Of course, in this stage of the disease, the victim must also struggle with dangerous outside infections that their body is unable to handle.