Which early symptoms of HIV are there?
HIV can be a tricky infection to spot - this is why people who are HIV positive often don’t know that they are infected. However, there are some signs and symptoms to watch out for. In many patients, HIV causes flu-like symptoms within a few weeks after they have caught the virus.
Early HIV symptoms can include:
- fever and chills
- sore throat
- mouth ulcers
- swollen glands
- muscle pain
- joint aches
- skin rash
These symptoms tend to occur during a stage called seroconversion (the time when the virus becomes detectable in your blood). These symptoms are extremely common and might simply be caused by a flu virus, so they do not necessarily mean that you have HIV. However, if you have any doubt with regards to your HIV status, it is important that you get tested, not only to ensure you get the treatment you require, but also to prevent you from passing the virus on to other people.
One of the tell-tale signs of HIV is the HIV rash
, which also tends to appear within a few weeks after the infection.