Symptoms of HIV/AIDS

You can be HIV-positive and not realize it. Many people who are infected with HIV do not have symptoms for many years. You cannot rely on symptoms to know your HIV status.  

The following may be warning signs of HIV infection:

  • Severe weight loss
  • Fevers
  • Headaches
  • Drenching night sweats
  • Fatigue
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty swallowing

symptoms_new.jpgThe symptoms can last for weeks or months at a time and do not go away without treatment. Since these symptoms are commonly seen in other diseases, don’t assume these are HIV/AIDS-related until you get tested. If you are experiencing these symptoms and think you might be at risk, don’t wait! See a doctor or visit your student health center and get tested!!

A positive HIV test does not mean a person has AIDS. A diagnosis of AIDS is made by a physician using certain clinical criteria. As with other diseases, early detection offers more options for preventative care and treatment.

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