When do the first symptoms of HIV show up
It may take up to 10 years or more for symptoms to show. Symptoms of AIDS are weight loss, intense fatigue, swollen lymph…MORE!! [ Source: http://www.chacha.com/question/when-do-the-first-symptoms-of-hiv-show-up ]
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- When do the first symptoms of HIV or STDs show up?
- It may take several years for symptoms of HIV to show up. Some people have flu symptoms within months of infection, but there is no way to tell the difference between flu symptoms caused by HIV and flu symptoms caused by actual flu. Symptom…
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- When do first HIV symptoms start dissappearing? and how long does it take for half a drop of blood to dry?
- Q: I know the HIV symptoms start showing up from 3 weeks to 6 weeks but when do they start to dissapear (average time). and how long does it take for half a drop of blood to dry and destroy HIV particles?
- A: Signs and symptomsThe symptoms of HIV and AIDS vary, depending on the phase of infection. When first infected with HIV, you may have no symptoms at all, although it’s more common to develop a brief flu-like illness two to six weeks after becoming infected. But because the signs and symptoms of an initial infection — which may include fever, headache, sore throat, swollen lymph glands and rash — are similar to those of other diseases, you might not realize you’ve been infected with HIV.Even if you don’t have symptoms, you’re still able to transmit the virus to others. Once the virus enters your body, your own immune system also comes under attack. The virus multiplies in your lymph nodes and slowly begins to destroy your helper T cells (CD4 lymphocytes) — the white blood cells that coordinate your entire immune system.You may remain symptom-free for eight or nine years or more. But as the virus continues to multiply and destroy immune cells, you may develop mild infections or chronic symptoms such as:Swollen lymph nodes — often one of the first signs of HIV infection Diarrhea Weight loss Fever Cough and shortness of breath During the last phase of HIV — which occurs approximately 10 or more years after the initial infection — more serious symptoms may begin to appear, and the infection may then meet the official definition of AIDS. In 1993, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) redefined AIDS to mean the presence of HIV infection as shown by a positive HIV-antibody test plus at least one of the following:The development of an opportunistic infection — an infection that occurs when your immune system is impaired — such as Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) A CD4 lymphocyte count of 200 or less — a normal count ranges from 600 to 1,000 By the time AIDS develops, your immune system has been severely damaged, making you susceptible to opportunistic infections. The signs and symptoms of some of these infections may include:Soaking night sweats Shaking chills or fever higher than 100 F for several weeks Dry cough and shortness of breath Chronic diarrhea Persistent white spots or unusual lesions on your tongue or in your mouth Headaches Blurred and distorted vision Weight loss You may also begin to experience signs and symptoms of later stage HIV infection itself, such as:Persistent, unexplained fatigue Soaking night sweats Shaking chills or fever higher than 100 F for several weeks Swelling of lymph nodes for more than three months Chronic diarrhea Persistent headaches If you’re infected with HIV, you’re also more likely to develop certain cancers, especially Kaposi’s sarcoma, cervical cancer and lymphoma, although improved treatments have reduced the risk of these illnesses.Symptoms of HIV in childrenChildren who are HIV-positive often fail to gain weight or grow normally. As the disease progresses, they may have difficulty walking or delayed mental development. In addition to being susceptible to the same opportunistic infections that adults are, children may have severe forms of common childhood illnesses such as ear infections (otitis media), pneumonia and tonsillitis.
- Symptoms of HIV or Anxiety?
- Q: You’re searching the Internet because you fear you could be a victim of the dreadful HIV virus. Like you, I have been doing the same since August 3, 2009 when I unexpectedly had sex with an unknown female. This was my first experience with “after-club” sex, as I like to live a respectful, clean life. However, on this night the drinks for flying and this woman was just seducing me upon no return.I’m 21 years old and I later found out that this woman was 32, after the fact. I could have sworn she was around the same age range of myself, but that wasn’t the case. I was drunk and she was drunk, but that doesn’t change anything, we still had sex. She assured me that she was STD-clean, meaning no sexually transmitted diseases were going to come my way, nor HIV.Everytime I’ve had sex in the past though, it’s been with a girlfriend, and I’ve only been sexually active with three woman. This stranger woman though would be considered my fourth individual encounter. During the sex, we had intercourse through her vagina. No anal was performed, I never do that. I DID NOT perform oral, but she did to me with no condom. I must stress that I used a condom during intercourse though.During the sex, we also made out – yes tongues in each other’s mouths. Why is this important? I’ll get to that later.Anyhow, after the night was over, I started freaking out like I never have before. Any alcohol in me had seemed to completely vanish because of my disappointment in what I had done. I immediately went to my bathtub and just scrubbed myself with a lot of soap and showered with hot water to basically disinfect myself of any germs I may have attained. Of course, that won’t prevent an STD though.So I began reading the Internet after this and the symptoms of HIV began to show up for me. As I read each symptom, they began to develop for me. First I thought maybe I had a yeast infection, then hepatitis, and then HIV. It just kept getting worse and worse.The first two weeks after my sexual encounter on August 3, I became EXTREMELY constipated. I felt the need to release my stools, but couldn’t. I would sit on the toilet for an hour or so it felt, with nothing released. My abdomen became very tight with sharp pains. I think I could feel the stool sitting inside my gut. I was also very bloated. All this because of either my fear of attaining an STD like HIV, or because I really was developing a disease of that sort, I don’t really know.To fix this, I eventually took some laxatives and everything returned to a satisfactory level. My stools didn’t look the same though and they still don’t look totally normal.In September, I went on a roadtrip and got really sick with the flu as everyone thought. However, no one else around me caught the virus I had, it was just me.My “flu” consisted of things like a high fever, severe night sweats that I’ve never had before, headaches like never before, pain behind my eyes like never before, nausea, the feeling of fainting when I stood up from sitting and sheer weakness. I then read about HIV and realized that these symptoms matches to this deadly virus. So I began panicking.In October, my sister caught the H1N1 Swine Flu, which of course came to me after. I was ready for it though this time. It wasn’t unexpected like my September “flu,” but this time it felt even worse and I was worse off than my sister. She always gets sick and I tend to never ever get sick, even if my whole family gets sick. I’ve always had a strong immune system, but this time the swine flu took a toll on me, which somehow led me to believe that I do have this HIV virus.After my swine flu experience, I continued reading about the possibilities online and I began developing red eyes in the white part of my eye. It became a permanent thing for me. I’m not quite sure if red eyes are a symptom of HIV, but I often times would be up late on my computer searching for symptoms and such. So I would get maybe 5-6 hours of sleep each night and wake up early for school. So that could be it because the red eyes of dissipated for the most part when I get more sleep.However, this month in November I have a new development and it’s a white tongue. To be more specific, I get white blotches on the backend of my tongue, closer to my throat. I often feel like I have to swallow more often than not, maybe because I’m focusing on that? I have read that white thrush is a symptom of HIV and I’ve already been three months after my last sexual encounter, so is this a possible sign of HIV? I’m not sure.When I brush my teeth at night, I brush my tongue and the whiteness returns the next morning on the backend. If I don’t brush my tongue for a few days, the whiteness creeps further down to the middle (closer to the tip but not close to the tip at all – just to give you a visual perception of location). Last night, I only had 3 hours of sleep because I was studying hard for a final exam for one of my courses and woke upwith a sore throat. Again, I worry it could be HIV. I try not to be nervous or build any anxiety for this, but it just happens. I’ve never been a person full of anxiety or stress, but these past three months have been the hardest for me and I sometimes think if I do have this virus, I’m scared of what I may do to myself if that were the case. Regardless, I could never hurt myself too severely as I am a Christian who firmly believes in God. It’s just scary to get in that mindframe though.Besides that, I am just hoping I don’t have this HIV virus. I keep telling myself I don’t have it and occupy myself with activities and when I do, I feel fine. Once I start thinking about it though, I start feeling the symptoms again and right now my white tongue and sore throat are the worst feelings because it directs to symptoms of HIV.I am just hoping it’s paranoia and that everything is okay. If someone told me the only way I can be HIV-neg is to give up sex for the rest of my life, I would.I want to live a very long life and make a positive change in this world, but I know I can’t do that as passionately if my own life is a downer with a diagnosis like HIV.Things I look at most to keep track of symptoms are:- reoccurring white tongue – been going for the past 2 weeks now- reoccurring stomach cramps – here and there since August 3- reoccurring intestine movements – here and there since August 3- reoccurring soft/broken down stools and indigestion – this one never seems to end- reoccurring night sweats – here and there- reoccurring red eyes – here and there- fatigue – probably because I don’t get enough sleep, but it is a symptom- anxiety – because of my fears here- constipation – here and thereIt’s also interesting to point out that my stools will sometimes display white spots, black spots, recognizable foods like entire leafs of spinach and whatnot.So that’s my story. Compare it to your experiences and knowledge of this area and get back to me if you can.I would appreciate any informative explanations of beliefs regarding what I may be suffering from, as well as hearing about your similar stories.All I can hope for is to continue loving myself during the course of life, no matter what is thrown in my way. Everyone can lose there interest in me, but I have to remember to not forget about myself and we all have to remember that. Take care of yourself and don’t let yourself get into these types of situations. I know I never will again.Life’s a lesson but we only get one chance.Thanks.
- A: honestly if you are this worried about it you should go and contact the doctor. to me this sounds more like stress than anything else and even though it is highly unlikely that person had AIDS is still a strong possibility. All these symptoms are caused by stress and most likely it has nothing but the only way you’re going to cure this is to get a certified certificate that says you do not have a sexually transmitted disease. Even if you do not have health insurance is worth to say about the hundred and $50 to go get a quick check up.Like I said it’s probably stress thinking about what you do have and it’s just a domino effect that will keep getting worse until you finally talk to a certified physician
- Do they generally test for HIV when they do lab work in a regular doctor’s visit?
- Q: I have been in a committed relationship for about 3 yrs now and he is the only one I have ever been with. Recently i had thought I was pregnant so went to an OBGYN bc had not had my period in over 3 mths. They did a pap smear, ran a pregnancy test with my urine and also ran tests on my blood. My blood work came back normal but they found I had chlamydia. My bf swears he has never cheated but also admits that he never tested for STDs in his lifetime so he had this before we got together. I have never had a pap smear prior to this and now looking back I remember having symptoms of chlamydia almost 2 yrs ago after we first had sex. I simply was unaware that they were symptoms of the infection. I was very upset by the news but have had it cleared it up and had my bf treated as well. I’m wondering however if they tested for HIV when they ran my blood work. If I had HIV would it show up when they tested my blood? Thanks
- A: No, they don’t generally test for HIV. They probably tested for chlamydia because you had the visual symptoms of it during your pap. You will need to request they do it, as it appears your boyfriend has never been tested.