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How can I tell if I’m infected with HIV?

Posted by pozlife on May 17, 2006

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The only way to
know if you are infected is to be tested for HIV infection. You cannot
rely on symptoms to know whether or not you are infected. Many people
who are infected with HIV do not have any symptoms at all for many
years.

The following may be warning signs of HIV infection:

  • rapid weight loss
  • dry cough
  • recurring fever or profuse night sweats
  • profound and unexplained fatigue
  • swollen lymph glands in the armpits, groin, or neck
  • diarrhea that lasts for more than a week
  • white spots or unusual blemishes on the tongue, in the mouth, or in the throat
  • pneumonia
  • red, brown, pink, or purplish blotches on or under the skin or inside the mouth, nose, or eyelids
  • memory loss, depression, and other neurological disorders

However, no one
should assume they are infected if they have any of these symptoms.
Each of these symptoms can be related to other illnesses. Again, the only way to determine whether you are infected is to be tested for HIV infection. For information on where to find an HIV testing site, visit the National HIV Testing Resources Web site at http://www.hivtest.org
Link Leaves the DHAP Internet Site or call CDC-INFO 24 Hours/Day at1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636), 1-888-232-6348 (TTY), in English, en Español.

You also cannot rely on symptoms to establish that a person has AIDS. The symptoms of AIDS are similar to the symptoms of many other illnesses.
AIDS is a medical diagnosis made by a doctor based on specific criteria
established by the CDC. For more information refer to the Morbidity and
Mortality Weekly Report “ 1993 Revised Classification System
for HIV Infection and Expanded Surveillance Case Definition for AIDS
Among Adolescents and Adults
” at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00018871.htm.
Link Leaves the DHAP Internet Site

If you would like more information or have personal concerns, call CDC- INFO 24 Hours/Day at1-800-CDC- INFO (232-4636 ), 1-888-232-6348 (TTY), in English, en Español.

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