Early HIV symptoms in men and women (illustrated)

First HIV symptoms resemble those of common contagious diseases – influenza, rhinitis, etc. One may also feel a headache, fatigue or depression (low spirits). Who would ever have thought that he has contracted a terminal illness with such symptoms? Half of all human population comes home from work in the night in such condition...
Slightly more severe symptoms that should be paid attention to are the signs of angina-like diseases: sore throat, eruption in the throat, enlargement of pharyngeal lymph nodes (commonly called the "glands"). Imagine you have a cold in your throat. And how would one know if it is angina or AIDS?

Let us specify and give a detailed look at men and women’s early symptoms of HIV, and see in the pictures what they look like. All these HIV signs appear in first several days to first several weeks from the beginning of disease.

HIV and AIDS features and symptoms

1. Fever heat, chills, shakes, excessive sweating (especially at night).

Shortly after the virus attack a human immune system starts to defend itself. The most vivid sign of this defense is high fever – body temperature of about 38-39 degrees Celsius (100-102 degrees Fahrenheit). This high fever holds up for several days and then gets back to normal. Usually this fever comes along with other HIV signs – fatigue, sore throat, etc.



2. Enlargement of lymph nodes.

After an immunodeficiency virus gets inside a human body its immune system starts to hunt down and kill hostile viruses. The "corpses" of those killed enemies are excretedvia lymphatic system so abundantly that lymph nodes swell and increase in volume. Therefore, one can easily determine where an HIV virus has entered the body from: if inflamed lymph nodes are in the throat – the infection got inside by the mouth, if the inguinal lymph nodes have enlarged – it is the genital invasion. In case of blood inoculation (such as with a syringe in injecting drug takers) the infection comes out for one thing very quickly and for another thing – very intensively. Moreover, it will come out in the area where a person had a chronic (implicit, latent) disease. It is understood that some people often have anginas, others are prone to have stiff joints, others feel pain in liver or other organs. So the immunity deficiency will come out in your "favorite" place.

3. Diarrhea, poor appetite, weight loss.

HIV virus in one’s blood affects the person’s gastrointestinal tract and his or her desire to eat markedly. Well, if there’s no appetite – it can not be helped! Especially because the feedings are scarcely absorbed, and sometimes they even come out immediately and without being processed... Very often, especially if there is no early treatment, patients with HIV symptoms lose 10-15-20 kilos in several months.

4. Regular fatigue and exhaustion.

It is in human nature to get tired occasionally, and then to recreate oneself. And recovery periods last differently think, for instance, of a known concept of "spring fatigue". But if your body is constantly combating HIV virus, and the latter not only does not die, but becomes more and more powerful... Your immune system is not strong enough to destroy it. Therefore a person with HIV symptoms is increasingly tired, he or she feels exhausted, and recovers much longer. And then a repair of one’s full-scale normal vital parameters becomes impossible – AIDS begins.

5. Skin and mucous membrane lesion.

Bacteria, viruses and fungi are happy to attack a suppressed immune system which is taking a stand against HIV. Examples of widespread opportunistic infections are: tongue candidiasis, genital candidiasis, cytomegalovirus infection, and different types of tuberculosis. And a Kaposi's sarcoma occurs in almost 80 percent of people with signs of HIV, it is even considered to be an indicator of this infection. That is, if you have discovered Kaposi's sarcoma, chances are high that there is an HIV virus in your body.
Another serious sign of HIV is oral and genital herpes. Almost anyone can have herpes virus, but a healthy immune system would not allow it to develop. When all the forces of a body are aimed at blocking HIV virus, herpes, as well as all the other opportunistic infections, develops very quickly.

  1. Dry cough, labored breathing, wheezing in the lungs.

Such early signs of HIV suggest that the "weak point" of this particular patient is his breathing system. Labored breathing is one of the hallmarks of pneumocystis pneumonia – the disease that killed first AIDS patients in the USA in 1981.

  1. Nerve cells lesion.

Somehow immunodeficiency virus loves nerve cells. It is a known fact, for example, that HIV may infect a single blood cell from 10 000 cells. And as for brain cells, or neurons, HIV infects and kills every hundredth cell.
Therefore, all the infected patients – regardless of where the virus has come into the body from – have problems with their nervous system. Both central (the brain) and peripheral. The following HIV signs would appear (to a greater or lesser extent):
- headache, temporary lack of mental alertness (like the one after alcohol drinking);
- depression, nervous breakdowns, up to hysterics;
- numbness of muscles and pain in muscles, joints and skin. In such case the pain is caused by defects of neurons rather than muscles, and it is called "peripheral neuropathy".

  1. Liability to all diseases.

Of course this is not an early sign of HIV. Susceptibility to diseases develops in several years after the virus invasion in the setting of weakened immune defense. Consider this, if a healthy person may catch a cold and get sick, then what effect a cold may have on HIV-infected patients?

Having determined that men and women’s external HIV symptoms do not allow to specify the occurrence of this infection reliably, we offer and advise:
In case any questions about this infection arise you should take an HIV test immediately. If you are healthy – then give yourself a few quiet days, and if you are infected – then give yourself several more years of life. After all, the earlier the HIV treatment begins – the more effective it proves to be.