Initial Stage of HIV

October 20, 2011

Initial Stage of HIV

The primary stage of HIV infection is often called seroconversion in medical circles. Many people develop symptoms, but many do not. Any symptoms of primary stage HIV will occur between two to six weeks after infection.

Symptoms of HIV in men and women include:

  •     Fever
  •     Sore throat
  •     Tiredness or lethargy
  •     Joint pain
  •     Muscle pain
  •     Swollen glands
  •     Arash

These are not the only symptoms, merely the most common. As you can see, each symptom could be one of many things other than HIV, so can easily be mistaken for something minor. The giveaway is the rash. As a fever or sore throat isn’t usually associated with a rash in cold or flu, it is a sign of possible infection. The only way to know if a person is infected with HIV or not is by conducting a HIV test using approved HIV Test Kit / HIV Kit


After the initial stage of infection has passed, there will be no more symptoms of HIV in men or women. This can last up to twenty years. This is because the infection has “settled” in with the immune system and sets to work attacking it. The length of time it takes to reach late stage HIV depends on the overall health of the sufferer.

In healthy people, it can take up to those twenty years for the immune system to be broken down enough to allow late stage symptoms in. Even though there are no symptoms, the virus is hard at work attacking the body.

Late-stage HIV

Late-stage HIV, or what was called AIDS, is when the virus has broken down the immune system to such a degree that a minor issue can rapidly become life threatening. While it can take up to twenty years to reach late-stage in healthy people, the average seems to be around ten.

  •     White spots on the tongue or mouth
  •     Dry cough
  •     Shortness of breath
  •     A fever of above 100F that lasts a number of weeks
  •     Swollen glands that last for more than three months

These are more identifiable, but it’s typically too late for conventional drug therapies. To survive during late-state HIV takes serious hospital treatment. Even then, it’s still possible to survive a number of years at this stage.

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