10 Warning Signs of HIV Infection


HIV is the most commonly transmitted infection through semen, vaginal discharge and blood. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 1 in every 8 infected persons is unaware of their exposure. You should know that HIV is incurable, so you can only use drugs to prevent the HIV virus from reproducing and prolong your life expectancy. So you should identify HIV and get treated as soon as possible. Here are ten normal symptoms every patient who is HIV positive can suffer from the early stage.

Nausea and Vomiting

These two are among the most common symptoms of HIV. Because HIV can weaken the immune system by destroying the white block cells that can fight infections, the bodies are more easy to get exposed to viral infections.

That you want to vomit means that your body has suffered something wrong with HIV virus. Although nausea and vomiting can happen for many more reasons, you should notice and go check with your doctor once you has got involved in risky behaviors.


Persistent fevers come as a typical sign of HIV. Along with nausea and vomiting, fevers are an alert of viruses attacking your immune system. In the early stages of HIV, fevers tend to recur and last longer than normal, about two to four weeks at a time.

Night sweats

When you get infected by HIV, night sweats will come with fevers. This sign can be so severe that they soak your pajamas, blankets, even bed sheets and wake you up with wetness. When these symptoms go together, call your doctor for checking right away.


Because your immune system is damaged by HIV virus, you may get troubles with viral, fungal, or bacterial infections that can hurt your digestion.

Intense Headaches

In 2000, a study in the journal Pain reported that among 131 HIV-positive patients, almost 46 percent had intense headaches, 16 percent suffered migraines and the rest were affected by some other types of headaches. At any phases of HIV, various kinds of intensive headaches occur persistently and cause extreme tiredness.

Sore throat

Sore throat can also be the familiar symptom of cold or flu so patients are more likely to ignore it. However, sore throat will happen at the same time with fevers and night sweats in the initial stage of HIV.

Muscle pain and/or joint pain

In 2002, a report by The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons stated that muscular problems are often one of the first symptoms of HIV. You may say that muscle pain and joint pain can be signs of another disease. However, if you once have exposed to risky behaviors, muscular pains can be an emergency manifestation of being HIV positive.

Swollen Lymph Nodes

The lymph nodes in your body which are often found in the groin, armpits, and in the neck, directly under the jawbone are parts of immune system. As HIV virus weakens this system, lymph nodes may also be affected severely. It is seen clearly that they will be painful and swollen, moreover, this symptom may last for more than 2 weeks. Don’t hesitate to call your doctor for help.


Although fatigue comes with any illnesses, including HIV infection, you should take notice of it. Especially when you have engaged in risky behaviors and your state of tiredness is combined with other symptoms of HIV.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis is an unavoidable symptom of HIV infection. Red rashes or patches of itchy, flaky, inflamed skin can usually be found on your head, face, chest, groin, and upper back area.

Some other activities in daily life, like sharing towels or hugging, cannot spread HIV virus from one to another. You only get infected by HIV when you get involved in risky behaviors. So to protect yourself from HIV, you should be careful when having sex and never share needles with anyone else.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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