What are the symptoms of HIV?

A few weeks after being infected, some people develop flu-like symptoms such as:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Rash
  • Tiredness
These usually disappear within a week to a month, and people may not have any other symptoms for years.
If left untreated, HIV will continue to destroy the immune system and eventually causes AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). Symptoms of AIDS include:
  • Extreme, unexplained tiredness
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Soaking night sweats
  • Shaking chills or fever for several weeks
  • Swelling of lymph nodes for several weeks
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Persistent headaches
  • Unusual infections

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