Among the first indicators of HIV is a mild fever, approximately 102 degrees F. 
The fever, whether or not it happens in any way, is usually coupled with other generally mild signs or symptoms, for instance, fatigue, inflamed lymph glands, and a sore throat.

Dry cough

This symptom: an insidious cough which can be occurring for many weeks that doesn't appear to clear up is common in extremely sick HIV patients.


The inflammatory reaction created by your overpowered immune system can also make you feel exhausted and sluggish. Fatigue can be both an initial and further down the line indicator of HIV.

Skin rash

Skin rashes may appear early on or later at some stage in HIV/AIDS. 

Aching muscles, joint pains, swollen lymph nodes

Lymph nodes belong to your own body's immune system and usually get swollen when there's an infection. A lot of them are situated in your armpit, groin, and neck.

Weight loss

Formerly referred to as "AIDS wasting," weight loss is an indication of more complex health problem and could be because of to some extent to severe diarrhea.
One is regarded to have a wasting syndrome in the event that they drop 10% or even more of their body weight and have experienced diarrhea or tiredness and fever for longer than one month, according to the U .S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

Between 30% and 60% of individuals get short-term queasiness, throwing up, or diarrhea in the beginning of HIV.

These signs or symptoms can also show up due to antiretroviral therapy and later on in the infection, normally as the response to an opportunistic infection.

Night Sweats

Around fifty percent people have night sweats while in the initial stages of HIV infection.

These can be much more common later on in infection and aren't associated with physical exercise or the temperature range of the room or space. Comparable to the hot flashes that menopausal women endure, they're also difficult to ignore, considering the fact that they soak your bed sheets and linens.


A cough, as well as the weight reduction, might also presage a dangerous infection brought on by a germ that wouldn't hassle you if your own immune system was functioning in the right way.

Some other opportunistic infections include things like toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection that has an effect on the human brain; a kind of herpes virus known as cytomegalovirus; and yeast infections like thrush.

Nail changes

One more indicator of late HIV infection is nail changes, for instance, clubbing ( thickening and curving of the fingernails or toenails ), splitting of the fingernails or toenails, or discoloration ( black-colored or brownish lines going either vertically or horizontally).

If you've been involved not too long ago in high-risk behavior, an HIV test is a great idea. Get tested for your own personal sake and for others: HIV is most infectious in the initial stage.

Remember that the body hasn't created antibodies to HIV yet and so an antibody test may not detect it. (It might take a couple of weeks to several months for HIV antibodies to pop up in a blood test). Explore other test options just like one that identifies viral RNA, usually within 9 days of infection.