Spotting symptoms of diseases can be very useful in treating them especially if it is the case of life-threatening diseases like HIV. Normally HIV shows flu-like symptoms within one or two months of the virus entering the body but sometimes symptoms won`t appear for decades and they appear with accidentally checkups or if a patient goes for it. It is the virus which causes AIDS which attacks our immune system and make our immune system weak so that other microbes can catch us easily. If we recognize the disease in the earlier stage we can slow down the progressive rate of the virus.
Doctors now can prevent HIV from taking hold in your body, if they detect the virus and start processing within 72 hours. In the first stage, most of the symptoms resemble like flu which include:
- Night Sweats
- Muscle aches
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Mouth ulcers
These symptoms last for some weeks. And HIV test shows negative results but during this period the patient is highly infectious. Any of these symptoms are not specific for HIV and can be a symptom of any less severe disease. Always go for an HIV test if you think you have been exposed to HIV, by some precautions you can help yourself and other people whom you may transmit.
In the second stage, there will be no symptoms and it can last for 10 years, it is also called latent stage. Your immune system is breaking down and going worsen. The encountered virus will be killing CD4 T-cells. Blood tests will show positive to HIV now and if you taking medicines you can stop HIV to progress further. In this period you can transmit this disease to a lot of people because you will not feel or see any symptoms even not like flu.
The third stage of HIV infection is AIDS in which your number of CD4 T-cells becomes less than 200, it is an advanced stage and you will feel changes like weightless, high fever. If you are not taking medications you can live 3 years more or even less than it. Symptoms of the last stage are:
- Feeling tired every time without any work
- Fever which lasts for more than 10 days
- Weight loss serious long-lasting diarrhea
- Encountering lot of diseases
- Yeast infection in mouth, throat, or vagina
- Swollen lymph nodes in neck and groin
- Shortness of breath
- Spots on the skin which don`t go away
- Bruises or bleeding for unknown reason
AIDS doesn’t have any perfect cure, so it is better to prevent this disease. Prescribed treatment can reduce the viral load from your body but still you become more vulnerable to AIDS and other serious diseases. You should never put your life at risk by doing some silly mistakes like unprotected sex with multiple partners, sharing needles or syringes. Whenever you are worried get tested and make yourself at ease.