It is very hard to tell if you have been infected with HIV by just looking at your symptoms.
If they think you have been infected, the best thing to do is go for an HIV anti-body test.
Early signs of HIV infection
Indication of illness.Symptoms after an HIV infection are usually very rare, and vary from person to person. However some people do experience a flu-like illness three to six weeks after an infection. In this early stage of infection, called Acute HIV Syndrome, you may experience the following symptoms:
These symptoms are common to many illnesses, for this reason a person may not realize that they have been infected with HIV. These symptoms usually disappear within a month.
Later stages of HIV infection
After the initial infection a person may not experience any more symptoms of the virus for up to ten years. During this time period the virus is multiplying and destroying your CD4 cells. Eventually as the situation deteriorates, mild infections or Medical condition or illness that lasts over a long period of time.chronic symptoms may arise. These may include:
After approximately ten years, during the final stages of an HIV infection, your body looses the ability to fight back, the viral load increases significantly and you will start to see some more serious symptoms appearing. By this time you probably have Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.
Final stage of HIV infection
The test for AIDS, taken from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, is:
A positive HIV-antibody test plus
Now that your body is unable to defend itself from opportunistic infections, you will probably start to experience some of the following symptoms:
Sources of information used in this page:http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hiv-aids/DS00005/DSECTION=2
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