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What is HIV and the symptoms?

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that causes Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). This virus causes the human immune system to shut down and fail. Symptoms of HIV after exposure include:
• Fever
• Muscle soreness
• Rash
• Headache
• Sore throat
• Ulcers of the mouth or genital areas
• Swollen lymph glands in the neck
• Joint pain
• Night sweats
• Diarrhea
• Fatigue
• Weight loss
• Cough or shortness of breath

When someone has been exposed to the HIV virus and is having symptoms like the ones listed above, questions can arise about the symptoms and treatment. Read below where some questions about HIV symptoms are answered by Experts.

Are mouth sores a symptom of HIV? What could it mean if the mouth sores are present but the individual tested negative at 3-6 months after exposure?

When someone has mouth sores, this can be a symptom of HIV. If the individual has these symptoms and has tested negative at three and six months after exposure; these sores may not be a symptom of HIV.

If a person is exposed to HIV, are flu like symptoms an indication this is HIV and how can someone be certain?

When someone is exposed to HIV, symptoms of having the flu can suggest the individuals may have the HIV virus. If this is the case, getting tested three and six months after exposure can help the individual know for sure if the symptoms are from the virus or the flu.

What is used to determine the risk for HIV and are symptoms used?

When deciding if a person is at risk for HIV, a doctor does not use the symptoms to factor the risks. Symptoms are used to decide if the person has the virus or not or if there is a need for testing.

How is HIV diagnosed and are chills and night sweats a symptom of HIV?

Often, HIV is not diagnosed through symptoms. Testing is the only way for a doctor to decide if HIV is present. Symptoms normally include chills and night sweats. Having these symptoms after being exposed can be a sign that testing is needed.

How long after exposure to HIV do symptoms start and how can someone know if they have HIV when the symptoms start?

When there is exposure to HIV, there may be an incubation period of only a few weeks in which the person will have symptoms. Once the symptoms begin, getting tested is the only way to be able to know for sure that HIV is present or not.

When a person has a congested or sore throat for an extended period of time after exposure to HIV, is this a symptom and should the person get tested?

When someone has a sore throat or a congested throat within two days and lasts two months after being exposed to HIV, this can be a sign the individual has HIV. Once these symptoms begin, the individual may build more HIV antibodies in their system causing them to become sick. Getting tested at the earliest time is the only way for the person to know for sure if they have HIV or not.

HIV is a type of virus that causes people to become sick as well as causing people to have issues with other illnesses. When symptoms of HIV appear, people can have questions about the symptoms and what they mean. When these questions arise and need answers, individuals may ask Experts.
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