5 early signs you’ve smashed someone with HIV

5 early signs you’ve smashed someone with HIV

5 early signs you’ve smashed someone with HIV

Don’t let the signs (or lack of sign) prevent you from getting tested.

No signs or symptoms can diagnose an HIV infection; only an HIV test can. With that being said, the appearance of certain symptoms can sometimes hint that an infection has taken place, particularly if you believe that you’ve been exposed to HIV or have simply put off getting yourself tested.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force currently recommends that all Americans ages 15 to 65 be tested for HIV as part of a routine doctor visit and that anyone who tests positive be given immediate treatment. This can help prevent you from getting seriously ill.

If you believe that you may be infected, either because of accidental exposure or a symptom that’s worrying you, do yourself a favor: get tested today.

An Unexplained Rash
A rash is often the first sign of an HIV infection, although it appears in only two out of every five newly infected individuals. That said, it does have a specific appearance and is often described as being maculopapular.

Swollen Lymph Nodes
Swollen lymph nodes (also known as lymphadenopathy) often present in the early stages of infection. Frequently appearing on the neck, below or behind the ear, in the groin, or under the armpit, lymphadenopathy can not only be painful at times but also unsightly in more severe cases. If you’re experiencing lymphadenopathy, whether it’s painful or not, visit your doctor to get tested for HIV.

Oral Thrush
Many people have experienced “morning mouth.” It’s that pasty, bad-tasting yuck that coats your mouth each morning. But what if the bad taste and white coating don’t go away with simple brushing? Then you may have a common sign of an HIV infection: thrush.

Drenching Night Sweats
Look out for unexplained, drenching night sweats that are so intense that they may soak your bedsheets. Night sweats (also known as sleep hyperhidrosis) occur frequently in people with HIV, often because of an undiagnosed opportunistic infection or as a direct result of HIV itself.

A sxually Transmitted Infection
Contracting other s.e.xually transmitted diseases (STDs) can significantly increase the risk of getting HIV. For instance, some STDs like syphilis and herpes can skin lesions that make it easier for HIV to enter the body. STDs may also cause inflammation, which is something that is triggered by the body’s immune system. HIV preferentially infects defensive white blood cells, so when there are more of them around, it’s easier to contract HIV.

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