Stages of HIV
HIV progresses in certain stages. Each stage can cause different symptoms.
The acute retroviral or seroconversion syndrome can occur days to several weeks after infection. During this time, typical early symptoms of HIV may occur. This includes fever, rash and flu-like symptoms.
After seroconversion, there may be a long period where patients do not necessarily experience any symptoms. This stage may last up to ten years. Some patients notice swollen glands during this time.
Eventually, an HIV infection will progress to AIDS, especially if it is not treated with antiviral medication. AIDS occurs when the HIV virus has weakened your immune system, leaving you vulnerable to other infections. AIDS
can give rise to various symptoms depending on which infections are present. They can range from weight loss and exhaustion to dry cough and a high fever.