Within a month or two of HIV entering the body, 40% to 90% of people experience flulike symptoms known as acute retroviral syndrome (ARS).
But sometimes HIV symptoms don't appear for years—sometimes even a decade—after infection.
"In the early stages of HIV infection, the most common symptoms are none," says Michael Horberg, MD, director of HIV/AIDS for Kaiser Permanente, in Oakland, Calif. One in five people in the United States with HIV doesn't know they have it, which is why it's so important to get tested, especially if you have unprotected sex with more than one partner or use intravenous drugs.
Here are some signs that you may be HIV-positive.
1) Fever up to about 102 degrees F.
3) Achy muscles, joint pain, swollen lymph nodes
4) Sore throat and headache
5) Skin rash - Skin rashes can occur early or late in the course of HIV/AIDS.
6) Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
7) Weight loss
8) Dry cough
10) Night sweats
11) Nail changes
12) Yeast infections
13) Confusion or difficulty concentrating
14) Cold sores or genital herpes
15) Tingling and weakness
16) Menstrual irregularities