HIV, or the human immunodeficiency virus, is a sexually transmitted disease that assails the immune system.
The virus attacks your CD4 cells (or T4 cells), which are necessary to fight off illnesses.
Eventually, the virus overwhelm the CD4 cells and your body become unable to fight off disease and infections.
Once your body's CD4 cell count waterfall below 200 per cubic millimeter of blood, and/or an opportunistic disease takes hold of your damaged immune system, you will be diagnose with AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome).
Many people pay no attention to the early symptoms of HIV because it is so easy to wrong those for other minor illnesses.
Lots of people are HIV positive and don't know about it. It is both harmful to themselves and their sexual partners.
Pay notice to your body and don't ignore the early symptoms of HIV infection. Get tested right away to prevent dispersal it innocently.
Symptoms of HIV vary according to what stage of the disease you are in and only HIV testing can tell you if you have the disease.
Early Symptoms of HIV
The earliest symptoms of HIV infection occur while your body begins to form antibodies to the virus (known as seroconversion) between six weeks and three months after infection with the HIV virus.
Those who do show early HIV symptoms will develop flu-like symptoms.
This can include: fever, rash, muscles aches and swollen lymph nodes and glands. However, for most people, the first symptoms of HIV will not be apparent.
Early HIV signs and symptoms may include:
4. Swollen lymph glands
Acute HIV infection
The natural history of HIV infection encompass an acute/primary phase that lasts months, followed by an early/clinically latent phase that characteristically lasts 3–10 years and ultimately by the immune collapse characterized by AIDS.
“Acute” HIV infection best describe the interval throughout which HIV can be detect in blood serum and plasma before the formation of antibodies regularly used to diagnose infection.
During this time, high level of viremia and shedding at mucosal sites can be established, because HIV replication is wild by immune responses.
New Testing for Very Early HIV Diagnosis
The commonly used HIV antibody test does not catch a very recent HIV infection, because it takes a few weeks for the body to create enough antibodies to show in the test.
Other tests can detect the virus unswervingly, but because they are classy and pick up relatively few cases, they have not been as a rule used in HIV testing.
Now there is a public-health push to get the earlier results. This is since persons who are newly contaminated but have not urbanized antibodies yet are likely to have enormously high viral loads, and as a result have a high risk of transmit the infection to others; a significant fraction of new infection may be transmitted this way.
And when public-health experts can see right away where new infection are headed, they can target avoidance campaigns more efficiently. Also, patients can get checkup care for the early ("primary") HIV infection.