Well, as I am sure you understand, the only way to know if you have HIV is to be tested.
The most common symptoms of an initial HIV infection are fever (80% of people), swollen glands, muscle aches, sore throat, rash and headache (40-80%) and oral/genital ulcers
, nausea/vomiting and diarrhea (10-40%).
It is so difficult, though, to say whether your symptoms are due to a primary HIV infection
because there are many, many other things that could be causing them. In fact, other viral
infections are much more common and more likely to be the cause.
As you are also asking, smoking can lead to an irritated throat and a chronic cough.
It can also cause a dry mouth and lead to general feelings of not being well.
If you are depressed, you also can feel unwell. Your mental well-being, in my opinion, strongly influences your physical well being. Depression can lead to poor sleep, poor eating habits, etc. This can make you more prone to illness. People who are depressed also often have physical symptoms.
I encourage you to have the HIV test when you can. It will calm your fears and give you an answer so you can stop worrying. I know it is highly anxiety provoking. But it is the only way for you to know.
Cutting down on the cigarettes will also help you to feel better.
Feel free to ask any follow up questions and I will be happy to discuss further,
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