What's in this article?
When you are first infected with HIV, you may experience a short ‘flu-like’ illness as your immune system attempts to fight the virus.
If you notice any of these early signs:
- Sore throat
- Joint/ muscle pain
- Swollen glands
- Skin rash
If you have any of the symptoms, It is highly recommended that you should get tested for HIV. It is possible that you may have more than one sexually transmitted diseases at a time. To know your status, you should take STD panel test along with HIV Early Detection test.
Cause for concern?
This first stage of HIV is known as acute or primary HIV infection. It’s also called acute retroviral syndrome (ARS).
- swollen lymph nodes
Other possible symptoms are muscle and joint pain, sore throat, and ulcers in the mouth or on the genitals. Some people also experience night sweats and diarrhea.
However, some people experience no early symptoms after they have been infected with HIV.
The microorganisms responsible for these infections are generally kept at bay in people who have an intact immune system.
However, when the immune system is impaired, these germs can attack your body and cause illness. Also, those who show no symptoms during early HIV infection may become symptomatic and begin to feel sick once they progress toward developing AIDS.