There are several symptoms that you might experience early if you have HIV.

Fever

The first symptom is when you have a fever. This will be a mild fever that can get up to 102 degrees. Most of the time, the fever is going to be accompanied by some of the other symptoms that will be milder like a sore throat, fatigue, and swollen lymph nodes. If you start to run a fever, it means that the virus is going through your bloodstream and it started to replicate. In other words, you are going to have an infection inside of the immune system.

Fatigue

The second symptom is a lot of fatigue. When there is an infection inside of your immune system, your body will react to it by leaving you feeling lethargic and tired. This is why this could be an early sign or a later sign of HIV depending on how bad the fatigue is. It might be time to worry about what is going on with your body if you are all of a sudden getting out of breath by just doing some of the simple things in life like walking. This is especially true if you were an active person before the disease takes its’ effect on you.

Lymph Nodes

The third symptom is if your lymph nodes, pain in your joints, or muscles that ache. Sometimes these symptoms are confused with a person having the flu, a viral infection like hepatitis or syphilis, or mononucleosis. This is because a lot of the symptoms are about the same as HIV. If you have any type of infection inside of the immune system, there is a chance that your lymph nodes will get inflamed, since they are a part of the immune system. Your lymph nodes are located underneath your arm in the armpit, the neck, and the groin. There is a chance that when you touch your lymph nodes that they are going to painful and of course they are going to be very unsightly. If you are experiencing this, then you are going to need to go to the doctor as soon as possible because it could be a sign of many things.

Sore Throat

The fourth symptom is if you are experiencing a sore throat or a headache. If you know that you have been engaged in some risky behaviors, then it is a good idea to get an HIV test. This is for your own sake and the life of other people. People are a lot more likely to catch it from you at the earliest stages of HIV. But it is important to remember that if the body is not producing the antibodies of HIV, then this test might not come back positive the first time. It might take a few months for the antibodies to show up inside of your bloodstream so that it can be found in a blood test. It might be a good idea to research some of the other tests that can be done so that you can know as soon as impossible if you have the virus or not.

Skin Rash

The fifth symptom is a rash on your skin. This is another symptom that can happen either in the early stages or later stages of HIV. But it might also be mistaken for having a cold or allergies. The rashes will appear to be like boils with some itchy pink areas on the arm. But you could also have bumps that are flat and discolored areas of the skin or peoples which are just small bumps. If there is no reason for the rash to be there or it does not go away quickly, then it might be a good idea to have an HIV test when you go to the doctor to figure out what is going on with you.

Nausea

The sixth symptom is if you are experiencing stomach problems like vomiting, nausea, or diarrhea. If you are in the early stages of HIV, these symptoms will not last for a long period of time. These things can also happen to you if you have any type of infection inside your body. If the diarrhea stays for a long time and it is not responding to any of the medications that you have taken, then it could be because of the HIV infection. This will happen because the organism from HIV is not normally found inside of a person who has a healthy immune system.

Losing Weight

The seventh symptom is if you notice that you are losing a lot of weight for no reason. This is because the illness is more advanced but it could also be because of severe diarrhea that you have. If you are already starting to lose weight because of the disease, then it means that your immune system has been comprised. Most of the time, you are going to be eating everything and you will still be losing a lot weight. In fact, a person will be considered to have wasting syndrome if they have lost more than 10 percent of their body within a 30 day period. This is also going to be true if you have fever, weakness, or diarrhea for more than 30 days.

Cough

The eighth symptom is when you have a dry cough. Most of the time, people are going to think that it is because they are suffering from allergies. But if it goes on for about a year or more and the problem just seems to be getting worse, then it could be a bigger problem. This is especially true if you have tried antibiotics, Benadryl, and inhalers that did not help.

Pneumonia

The ninth symptom is pneumonia. The cough and the significant weight loss could be because you have a serious infection that was caused by a germ that is inside of your body that normally would not bother you if you had an immune system that is working the way that it is supposed to. There are a lot of different infections that you could get and all of them are going to show a variety of different symptoms. The worst one could be toxoplasmosis. This is because it is a parasitic infection that can affect the brain. But some of the other infections that you might suffer from being a herpes virus known as cytomegalovirus or a yeast infection called thrush.

Sweats

The tenth symptom is the night sweats. Most of the time, this is going to happen because of an infection that you might have inside of your immune system. There is a big chance that it is related to the infection and not the temperature of the room that you are in or any exercising that you might have been doing. This is going to similar to the hot flashes that a menopausal woman might suffer from. But they are going to be very hard to ignore if you have sweated so much that your bedsheets are soaked and wet.

Changes

The eleventh symptom is when you see a lot of changes in your nails. Some of these changes might include clubbing like the thickening and curving of the nails, discoloration like black or brown lines that are vertically or horizontally on your nails, and the splitting of the nails. This is going to happen because of the fungal infection like candida that you might be suffering from. If your immune system has been comprised, then you will be a lot more susceptible to getting the fungal infection.

Yeast Infection

The twelfth symptom is a yeast infection. This is another type of fungal infection that is very common if you have HIV. This is because of the thrush, which is a mouth infection that is caused by a type of yeast known as Candida. This is something that is a lot more likely to happen in a woman because they are more prone to yeast infections.

The infection is probably going to happen in the person’s mouth or around their esophagus so it will difficult for them to swallow their food. Men are going to experience the white patches on their tongue and it is hard to get rid of unless you are taking drugs to combat the HIV. Most of the time, it is not going to bother you, but you will notice that it is there. A lot of people call it morning mouth because it is a yucky taste that will coat your mouth in the morning. Plus, it is not going to go away when you brush your teeth.

Confusion

The thirteenth symptom is if you have a lot of confusion or some difficulty concentrating on things. There is a chance that this could happen in the early stages, but it is more likely to happen in the later stages. This is because it is going to be known as dementia. This is where a person is going to have behavioral issues like anger and irritability and some problems with remembering things. This is going to include the motor changes like being clumsy and lack of coordination. This is especially true when it comes to the tasks that might require fine motor skills like writing.

Cold Sores

The fourteenth symptom is if you have genital herpes that are causing cold sores on your mouth. When you have herpes, you are going to be a lot more likely to get HIV. This is because genital herpes causes ulcers that make it a lot easier for HIV to get inside of the body when you are having sex. The people who suffer from HIV are going to have a lot more cold sores on their mouth. This is because of their weakened immune system when they have this type of virus.

Tingling

The fifteenth symptom is when you have any type of tingling or weakness in your hands and feet. This means that you might also experience some numbness in your hands and feet. This is going to be known as peripheral neuropathy. This is something else that can happen to a person who does not have the ability to control their diabetes. This is because the nerves in your hands and feet have been damaged due to HIV. Most of the time, you will be able to treat the symptoms with over the counter pain relievers or antiseizure medications like Neurontin.

Menstrual Pain

The sixteenth symptom is if you notice that you have a lot of irregularities in your menstrual cycle. This means that you are not going to have a period regularly like you used to and the periods that you do have are going to be lighter. More than likely, the changes are going to have a lot more to do with the loss of weight or the poor health that happens to women rather than the infection that you have. There is a good chance that the infection from the HIV might be relate to the person’s age. If the woman is over the age of 45, then she is going to have more symptoms of HIV.

STD

The last symptom is a sexually transmitted disease. If you get an STD, then it can increase the chances of you getting HIV. This is because something like syphilis is going to cause lesions on the skin. These legions are how HIV is going to get into your system. Plus the STD are going to cause inflammation if the immune system is weak. The HIV is going to attack the white blood cells. If you have something like chlamydia and gonorrhea, then it means that you had unprotected sex with someone. This is something that will put you at a big risk of having HIV. Therefore, if you have been diagnosed with an STD, then you will need to talk to your doctor about your risks so that they will be able to do an HIV test on you.