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Offline ChinitoDr

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What are the symptoms of HIV?
« on: November 13, 2008, 10:31:42 PM »
This is often one of the frequently asked questions about HIV and i thought sharing this to the community at large:

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection - Symptoms

Symptoms

HIV infection progresses in stages. These stages are based on your symptoms and the amount of the virus in your blood. Most people go through the following stages after being infected with HIV:
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Initial stage (acute retroviral syndrome)

Acute retroviral syndrome is an illness with symptoms like the flu. It often develops within a few days of infection, but it may occur several weeks after the person is infected. Symptoms may include:

    * Abdominal cramps, nausea, or vomiting.
    * Diarrhea.
    * Enlarged lymph nodes in the neck, armpits, and groin.
    * Fever.
    * Headache.
    * Muscle aches and joint pain.
    * Skin rash.
    * Sore throat.
    * Weight loss.

These first symptoms can range from mild to severe and usually disappear on their own after 2 to 3 weeks.
Chronic stage

It may take years for HIV symptoms to develop. But even though no symptoms are present, the virus is multiplying (or making copies of itself) in the body during this time. HIV multiplies so quickly that the immune system cannot destroy the virus. After years of fighting HIV, the immune system starts to weaken.

A doctor may suspect HIV if symptoms persist or if a cause of the symptoms (such as the flu) cannot be identified. HIV may also be suspected when several of the following symptoms are present:

    * Confusion
    * Diarrhea or other bowel changes
    * Difficulty concentrating
    * Dry cough
    * Fatigue
    * Fever
    * Loss of appetite
    * Mouth sores
    * Nail changes
    * Night sweats
    * Swollen lymph nodes in the neck, armpits, and groin
    * Pain when swallowing
    * Personality changes
    * Repeated outbreaks of herpes simplex
    * Shortness of breath
    * Tingling, numbness, and weakness in the limbs
    * Unexplained weight loss
    * Yeast infection of the mouth (thrush)

Additionally, HIV may be suspected when a woman has at least one of the following:

    * More than 3 vaginal yeast infections in one year that are not related to the use of antibiotics
    * Recurrent pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
    * Abnormal Pap test or cervical cancer

Children with HIV often have different symptoms (for example, delayed growth or an enlarged spleen) than teens or adults.
Late stage

AIDS occurs during the last stage of infection with HIV. If HIV goes untreated, AIDS develops in most people within 12 to 13 years after the initial infection. With treatment for HIV, the progression to AIDS may be delayed or prevented.

After your immune system starts to weaken, you are more likely to develop certain infections or illnesses, called opportunistic infections. Examples include some types of pneumonia or cancer that are more common when you have a weakened immune system.

A small number of people who are infected with HIV are rapid progressors. They develop AIDS within about 3 years if they do not receive treatment. It is not known why the infection progresses faster in these people.

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Author: Maria G. Essig, MS, ELS
Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Peter Shalit, MD, PhD - Internal Medicine


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What are the symptoms of HIV?
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Re: What are the symptoms of HIV?
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2008, 02:00:11 AM »
thanks for this info..


It's scary..

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Re: What are the symptoms of HIV?
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2009, 02:48:44 PM »
My question has something to do with HIV Symptoms... supposed you were exposed to HIV,  how  long do early hiv symptoms last?


any idea?


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Re: What are the symptoms of HIV?
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2009, 02:51:31 PM »
The Acute stage occurs about 4 weeks after the primary HIV infection. It tends to run the same course as a flu. The symptoms usually last a week, but could linger for a few weeks before you feel well again.

I hope that answers your question. And to add, some people may not even experience having symptoms so be wary. Get Tested when you know you have been exposed or you are at high-risk group.


« Last Edit: February 15, 2009, 02:59:08 PM by DrMon »


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Re: What are the symptoms of HIV?
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2010, 07:49:39 PM »
It is possible, if you were exposed to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Some people develop a flu-like illness when they first become infected with HIV, usually two to four weeks after being infected. Doctors refer to this illness as acute retroviral syndrome, or primary HIV infection.

Early HIV signs and symptoms may include:

Fever
Headache
Fatigue
Swollen lymph glands
Rash

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Re: What are the symptoms of HIV?
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2010, 03:28:45 PM »
Im positive for 1 year na, personal experience ko until now wala pa ako nararamdaman, nagkakafever ako minsan pero after 1 day gumagaling na kaya wag kayo magpakampante sa mga sentomas kasi ako walang sentomas nalaman ko nalang positive na ako nung nagpamedical ako.


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Re: What are the symptoms of HIV?
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2010, 09:33:15 PM »
Im positive for 1 year na, personal experience ko until now wala pa ako nararamdaman, nagkakafever ako minsan pero after 1 day gumagaling na kaya wag kayo magpakampante sa mga sentomas kasi ako walang sentomas nalaman ko nalang positive na ako nung nagpamedical ako.

talaga lancer2004?

pasensya na.. nacurious lang po ako.... musta naman ang CBC mo? normal pa din?


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Re: What are the symptoms of HIV?
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2010, 04:20:35 PM »
yup normal lahat wala pa naman akung ibang sakit maliban sa pagiging positive every 6 months ang check up ko.

maaga ko kasi nalaman na positive ako kaya mas aware na ako na alagaan ang health ko. healthy life style mas more fruits and vegetable and every day gym. yun kaya mabilis bumalik ung timbang ko. nung na dipressed ako bumasgsak nang 10 kgs timbang ko now 64 kgs na uli ako.


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Re: What are the symptoms of HIV?
« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2010, 10:10:06 PM »
mabuti yan... keep that up... siguro sa iba na hiv negative... dapat live a healthy lifestyle pa rin... para sa atin naman ito e..

mga lukani? hindi lumalabas sayo lancer2004?


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Re: What are the symptoms of HIV?
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2010, 12:39:39 AM »
until now wala pa rin ako nakikitang mga sentomas, cguro sa lifestyle ko na rin healthy living kz ako at maaga kung nalaman na positive ako kaya mas naaalagaan ko ung sarili ko.


 

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