List of symptoms of HIV/AIDS:

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for HIV/AIDS includes the 87 symptoms listed below:

  • The initial phase of HIV infection occurs briefly, usually a month or two after exposure:
    • No early symptoms – some people notice no early infection symptoms
    • Flu-like symptoms
    • Fever
    • Headache
    • Tiredness
    • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Latent HIV phase – The latent phase of HIV can last from months to a decade, but is typically several years to more than 10 years.
    • No early symptoms – this phase of HIV does not cause any or many noticable symptoms
    • Swollen lymph glands
  • Early AIDS symptoms – Early progression of HIV to AIDS has various symptoms:
    • Fatigue
    • Lack of energy
    • Weight loss
    • Frequent low-grade fevers
    • Night sweats
    • Frequent yeast infections (oral or vaginal)
    • Vaginal yeast infections
    • Bacterial vaginosis
    • Abnormal PAP smears
    • Genital ulcers – not necessarily from herpes
    • Persistent skin rashes
    • Flaky skin
    • Pelvic inflammatory disease – especially if it is difficult to treat
    • Short-term memory loss
    • Shingles
    • Severe herpes infections
    • Abscess
  • Later AIDS symptoms – The progression of HIV to full AIDS causes many symptoms:
    • Opportunistic infections
    • Coughing
    • Shortness of breath
    • Seizures
    • Lack of coordination
    • Difficult swallowing
    • Painful swallowing
    • Mental symptoms
    • Confusion
    • Forgetfulness
    • Severe and persistent diarrhea
    • Fever
    • Night sweats
    • Vision loss
    • Nausea
    • Abdominal cramps
    • Vomiting
    • Decreased appetite
    • Mouth white spots
    • Unusual mouth blemishes
    • Skin lesions
    • Weight loss
    • Extreme fatigue
    • Severe headaches
    • Coma
    • Kaposi’s sarcoma
    • Cervical cancer
    • Lymphoma
  • Infant and childhood HIV symptoms – HIV symptoms in infants and young children
    • No early symptoms – There are often no early signs of HIV in infants.
    • Failure to thrive
    • Slow weight gain
    • Sickly child
    • Delayed development
    • Delayed crawling
    • Delayed walking
    • Delayed speaking
    • Neurologic problems
    • Difficulty walking
    • Poor school performance
    • Seizures
    • Symptoms of HIV encephalopathy
    • Opportunistic infections
    • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
    • Ear infections
    • Tonsillitis
    • Bacterial infections – more frequently than in non-HIV children; these cause various childhood symptoms
      • Seizures
      • Fever
      • Pneumonia
      • Recurrent colds
      • Diarrhea
      • Dehydration
    • Candidiasis symptoms
      • Diaper rash
      • Mouth infections
      • Throat infections
      • Difficulty eating

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