What are the symptoms of HIV?

The first signs of an HIV infection can appear like common cold and flu. Three to six weeks after you’ve had unprotected sex, you may get headache, fever, rash, diarrhea, and sore throat. If these signs do persist, it is advisable to visit your doctor.

If you’re infected, these flu-like infections will gradually destroy your immune system over a period of almost a decade. This leads to the last stages of HIV, known as AIDS. During this late stage, the symptoms change and become severe. Constant diarrhea, extreme weight loss, severe loss of appetite, skin cancer, and meningitis develop.

The best way to fend off HIV is to use a condom every time you’re having sex. Don’t let a moment of passion lead to a lifetime of regret. Use a condom every time and stay safe!