What are the signs and symptoms of early symptomatic HIV infection?

Updated: Jan 02, 2020
  • Author: Robert J Carpenter, DO, FACP; Chief Editor: John Bartlett, MD  more...
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Manifestations of acute HIV infection are as follows:

  • Constitutional - Fever, chills, malaise or fatigue, night sweats, anorexia, and weight loss

  • Lymphatics - Swollen lymph nodes are common, especially in the groin, head, and neck

  • Nose and throat - Sore throat, with or without ulcers or thrush

  • Gastrointestinal - Nausea, emesis, and diarrhea

  • Musculoskeletal – Asymmetric joint swelling and tenderness; myalgias are also common

  • Neurologic - Personality changes, headache, and painful or stiff neck

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