Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a devastating illness that affects over 1 million Americans. HIV may develop into acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). The symptoms of HIV are varied, and many people do not know they are infected until years after they have acquired it. HIV is spread through bodily fluids. The virus can pass through blood, semen, pre-ejaculate, and vaginal fluid. It may also be spread to children through breast milk.
There is currently no cure for HIV, but scientists around the world are testing hopeful possibilities. To minimize your chances of contracting HIV, avoid blood to blood contact and practice safe sex by using condoms and having your partners tested for HIV.
If you are worried about your risk of infection, get tested by a healthcare professional. HIV testing is quick, simple, and accurate.
Thirteen signs and symptoms that you may have HIV are…
If you have practiced unprotected sex, watch out for fevers as a symptom of HIV. Early after being infected with HIV, you may experience flu-like symptoms. This can include a low-grade fever that does not respond to medication. You may experience night sweats as a response to the fever. The fever is an inflammatory reaction to the virus entering your bloodstream.