Sudden weight loss
This usually means that there might be something wrong with the body. This is also the case for patients who have HIV.
Sudden weight loss could happen if a person has another infection aside from HIV, also known as an opportunistic infection. This happens as HIV weakens the immune system, allowing other pathogens to infect the body.
Another early sign of HIV is fever, especially when it reoccurs. A fever is a natural response of the body and happens because it is trying to fight against the virus.
A fever could keep recurring as the virus manifests itself. Additionally, a patient may notice that there’s no apparent explanation for the fever.
The early signs of HIV are not definite ways to determine if a patient is infected or not. However, if a patient experiences any of the symptoms above and has recently participated in any form of unprotected sex, it might be a good idea to get tested as soon as possible.
In general, it would be best to avoid HIV by practicing safe sex, being sure to use protection (e.g. condoms) during any sexual encounter. This includes both penetrative and oral sex, regardless of each partner’s sexual orientation.
Learn more about HIV/AIDs here.