About 36.7 million people worldwide are currently living with HIV, and 1.8 million of those infected are children who contracted the disease from their mothers according to AIDS.gov.
A shocking one in eight people who have AIDS do not even know they have it yet – are you one of them? While there is no cure for HIV AIDS, if detected early on, antiretroviral treatments, or ART, can keep the disease at bay and allow carriers to lead a fairly normal life.
The only way to know for sure whether you have contracted HIV is to be tested for it.
A month or two after HIV has entered their body, 40-90% of the people experience symptoms that resemble flu symptoms, and this is known as an acute retroviral syndrome (ARS)
But, in some cases the HIV symptoms don’t appear for years, even decades after the body has been infected. These are some of the signs that may indicate you are HIV-positive.
Symptom 1: Fever
The fever, usually one of the first symptoms of HIV, is often accompanied by other mild symptoms, such as fatigue, swollen lymph glands, and a sore throat. At this point, the virus is moving into the bloodstream and starting to replicate in large numbers. As that happens, your immune system induces an inflammatory reaction.
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