Signs You May Have HIV Infection - Talking about STDs can be pretty awkward, but having that talk with a new partner is essential to your health, and regular testing is even more important! Here are a few warning signs that you may have contracted the HIV virus. If you experience any of these symptoms, then it’s a good idea you get tested.
For most people infected with HIV the first telling sign is when they start experiencing flu-like symptoms. However, like many viruses, HIV can remain dormant for quite a while. That means that you could be infected for years or even decades without exhibiting any symptoms.
Another telling sign is a constant feeling of tiredness or fatigue. Many people also suffer from a fever. If you display any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to visit your doctor.
Difficulty swallowing is another key symptom. If you’re having trouble swallowing, it could be caused by an infection in your mouth or esophagus from candida yeast. According to Dr. Malvestutto, these infections are often linked to HIV.
If random skin rashes keep appearing for no apparent reason, that could be another warning sign. If you suddenly start experiencing frequent rashes, it could be caused by the virus.
If you notice that your weight is always fluctuating, that could be another sign to visit your doctor. Other indicators include short-term nausea, and diarrhea and/or vomiting. These symptoms present themselves in 30 to 60 percent of HIV patients.
While coughing is often a symptom of a common cold or flu, a persistent dry cough is another sign that you may have contracted HIV. The only way to truly be certain if you’ve contracted HIV is by a visit to your doctor, so if you fear you may have come in contact with the virus, a visit to the doctor is in order.