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HIV Questions in General!

Hello
I wound like to sorry in advance to all my questions but I am really interested knowing as much about HIV symptoms as I find it a bit confusing to as what a person should know.

I have broken the question up in categories.

1: Acute HIV:
How early those this occur?

What kind of headache do you feel and how long does it last?

When you feel nausea is in the morning or at any specific time of the day and how long does this feeling last?

If you vomit is in the morning or at any specific time of the day like after eating and how long would you feel this way?

What kind of rash do you get and how long would you have it for?

Would you see white spots in your mouth at this stage?

Regarding lymph nodes would they be large and hard or large and soft and is person able to feel this without touching them or would you experience pain in them?

Night sweating how long does this go on for and is only at night a person would be sweating?

And would you also be losing weight?

Would have any other noticeable symptoms?

Would you be coughing and how much and what kind?

If you have had a case of acute HIV at a very early stage would a person be more likely to test positive at 6 -8 weeks if this happened before?

Feel free to ad another symptom that may be present during this period:

2: Early HIV
Is there a specific time for this and how long do you feel ill, would like to know if this is something that would happen at 2 weeks or 3 weeks or 6 weeks or even later?

What kind of headache do you feel and how long does it last?

When you feel nausea is in the morning or at any specific time of the day and how long does this feeling last?

If you vomit is in the morning or at any specific time of the day like after eating and how long would you feel this way?

What kind of rash do you get and how long would you have it for?

Would you see white spots in your mouth at this stage?

Regarding lymph nodes would they be large and hard or large and soft and is person able to feel this without touching them or would you experience pain in them?

Night sweating how long does this go on for and is only at night a person would be sweating?

And would you also be losing weight?

Some has described that you would feel tingling in your hands and feet is this common and what exactly is this feel or sensation you feel, or do you not feel this till later?

When a person has wounded them self it is difficult for the wound to heal, and does it tend to bleed more, how long would it take to heal?

Would have any other noticeable symptoms?

Would you be coughing and how much and what kind?


Feel free to ad another symptom that may be present during this period:

3: Late HIV
When is this period? Is it at 1 month, 1 year or 10 years later?

What kind of headache do you feel and how long does it last?

When you feel nausea is in the morning or at any specific time of the day and how long does this feeling last?

If you vomit is in the morning or at any specific time of the day like after eating and how long would you feel this way?

What kind of rash do you get and how long would you have it for?

Would you see white spots in your mouth at this stage?

Regarding lymph nodes would they be large and hard or large and soft and is person able to feel this without touching them or would you experience pain in them?

Night sweating how long does this go on for and is only at night a person would be sweating?

And would you also be losing weight?

Feel free to ad another symptom that may be present during this period:

Would you be coughing and how much and what kind?


4: Outcome
Where is the research at now and how long do and can a HIV person expect to live for and can they live a normal life?
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Blimey! Right here goes:

1. acute HIV syndrome usually occurs about 2 weeks after exposure though can be the next day or even up to 3 months (very rare)

The headache is a headache, it varies from person to person. People describe it as being flu like if you can imagine that.
Vomiting, again is intermittent like it would be with flu, not necessarily related to food intake.
The rash is normally masculopapular ie. little pimples linked with a general redness of the area that can appear anywhere on the body.
The white spots are due to oral thrush that is very rarely present at this stage of infection and is more commonly known as an opportunistic AIDS defining infection.
Lymph nodes will be fairly firm and may or may not be painful, it varies from person to person, most people experience a non painful swelling but one that you can feel a pressure from without touching.
Nightsweats are incredibly variable from person to person as it depends on the individuals metabolism.
Fighting infection boosts metabolism so yes weight loss is common.
The cough is generally non productive ie no phlegm.
The person will likely test positive very shortly after ARS symptoms.


The disease then enters a largely asymptomatic phase which lasts for around a decade in people not taking HIV meds. There is normally a generalised swelling of lymph nodes during this period and nightsweats and weight loss continue.

Late stage HIV (AIDS) manifests with a lot of symptomatic opportunistic infections commonly yeast outbreaks and rare skin cancers such as Kaposi's sarcoma. People have good days and bad days throughout HIV infection but it is at this stage where day to day life does become very difficult.

ARS symptoms are ambiguous and not in any way useful in making a diagnosis of HIV. If you are worried get tested since any of these symptoms can be caused by other factors and you are likely to exascerbate whatever problem you do have with the stress of thinking you are HIV positive. Hope this helps
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