Signs That Show HIV Is Developing In Your Body

Signs That Show HIV Is Developing In Your Body

HIV infection happens in three stages. Without treatment, it gets worse over time and eventually overpowers your immune system. Your indications will depend on your stage. 

The only way you can know for sure if you have HIV is to get tested. Although the virus can cause indications, they’re not a reliable way to tell if you’re infected. Some people won’t have any signs at all. So even if you don’t have any of the typical indications of an infection, you should always get tested if you think you are at risk. Below are the signs that show HIV is developing in your body.

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Night sweats.

Muscle aches.

Sore throat.


Swollen lymph nodes.

Some people notice flu-like symptoms 1-4 weeks after they’re first infected. These often only last a week or two. This first stage is called acute or primary HIV infection. Then, you may go for 10 years or more without further symptoms. This is called asymptomatic HIV infection. Even though you feel fine, the virus is still active in your body. And you can still give it to someone else.

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Once HIV has seriously harmed your immune system, you’re at risk for diseases that a healthy body could fight off. In this stage, symptomatic HIV infection, you start to notice problems caused by these “opportunistic” infections.

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