HIV numbers have dropped over the years with active STD testing and quick rapid HIV testing. It is, however, still important to recognize the symptoms of HIV so that medical interventions may be commenced.
Common HIV symptoms include:
- A fever
- Swollen glands and lymph nodes
- Feeling lethargic and tired
- A fully widespread body rash
- Getting recurrent infections, i.e falling sick easily
However more often than not, people with HIV are often asymptomatic. Early detection ensures prompt treatment.
HIV spreads through 4 distinct ways – vaginal fluid, seminal fluid, saliva and most of all blood. The use of condoms will significantly lower the risk of picking up HIV. Although there is no cure for HIV, getting regularly tested protects one and also one’s partner.