What are the symptoms of HIV?

It is believed the first symptoms if you have any at all (some people never get symptoms but are still HIV positive) will resemble the symptoms of a cold or flu virus. The symptoms of earlier onset with HIV may resemble those from other sexually transmitted diseases such as “mono” or hepatitis. Hepatitis and mono are more commonly and easily transmitted. It is possible for stress and anxiety to produce symptoms in people that don’t have HIV.

It is possible to experience severe symptoms such as fatigue that won’t ever go away. If one does experience something it is usually a fever, fatigue or a rash. Other noted symptoms are headaches, swollen lymph nodes and a sore throat. These symptoms occur during the acute HIV infection phase which is within a few days to weeks of the initial exposure to the virus.

Another symptom of HIV infection or AIDs is known as thrush. Thrush is an infection of the mouth and is caused by the candida fungus that is a yeast. Thrush can cause diaper rash in infants and yeast infections in women as well. It is a fungus that is white in appearance and grows on the back of the tongue or around the front of the tongue. Thrush is creamy white in appearance and sometimes has a “cottage cheese” appearance. To see pictures of thrush click here. Small amounts of fungus exists in your mouth at all times but it is kept in check by your healthy immune system; however, when the delicate balance is shifted via a weakened immune system, stress or medications, the fungus can grow out of control and then becomes known as thrush. Other conditions that contribute to thrush development are uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, dry mouth, smokers and denture wearers are all at increased risk for thrush. Trush has been passed from infants to mothers during breast feeding as well.

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