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Telltale signs you could be HIV+

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Nairobi is leading in new HIV infections

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According to a recent report by the National Aids Control Council (NACC), Nairobi is leading in terms of new HIV infections in 2018.

And the new infections are mostly among young people aged between 15-24 years. And although the council noted a decline in terms of new infections as compared to 2017, more awareness still needs to be conducted seeing that people are still being infected.

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Sadly, there are also people living with HIV/AIDs and they do not know it. Why? Some are afraid to take the test while some do not see its essence. And even though the only way to know your HIV status is to go for testing, it’s good to know some of the signs of HIV.

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Check out some common telltale signs of HIV:

1. Flu

Within the first weeks of infection, it’s not uncommon to experience flu like symptoms. They include; fever, headaches, swollen lymph glands and feeling weak. These symptoms may disappear after a week and sometimes the fever may take longer to disappear – could take more than 10 days.

2. Infections

HIV weakens your immune system. As such, your body becomes more prone to diseases and infections. Recurrent yeast infections, candidiasis, tuberculosis and other bacterial infections that are hard to treat are also common.

Infections of the skin, eyes, kidneys, brain and lungs are also common. Skin rash and skin sores are the most common forms of skin infection among people with HIV.

3. Menstrual changes

Women with HIV may have lighter or heavier periods than normal. The cramps may also be more severe.

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4. Sweating

Night sweats are common among people living with HIV. The body’s temperature gets very high and sleeping becomes difficult.

5. Swollen glands

Lymph nodes are part of the immune system and they are located at different parts of the body. They store the immune cells and filter pathogens. But as the virus is spread to the body, they get enlarged as they try to fight the virus.

Other signs of HIV include:

Severe headaches

Fatigue

Nausea

Sore throat.

Dry cough

Vomiting

Diarrhea

Joint pains

Weight loss

Mouth and genital ulcer-although not very common

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