It is important to realize that the symptoms of HIV can be the same that many other diseases present, so it is not wise to just assume that you have HIV because you have many of the symptoms that are attached to it.
In many cases after the individual has been stricken with the virus, symptoms that are very much like those that you would get with the flu will be present. This is usually within one month or two after the virus has entered the body. At this stage it is classed as acute HIV and the symptoms could last up to a few weeks. Some of the common symptoms are headache, fever, aches and pains throughout the body, sore throat and maybe a rash. Quite often the lymph nodes in the neck will be swollen. It is believed that while in this stage the virus is able to spread more easily.
Often what happens is although the individual is suffering with these symptoms they just assume it’s the flu and don’t seek out any type of medical investigations. This acute stage is the primary stage.
Chronic HIV is when most of the symptoms have disappeared although there still can be some swelling in the lymph nodes. This stage of the HIV averages around ten years for those that are not taking specific treatments like antiretroviral therapy. For those that are taking this treatment they can remain in this phase for decades. Every case varies and some will have HIV that progresses much quicker.
Various symptoms will continue to surface throughout the stages of the disease and it highly important that those with HIV follow the instructions of their health care provider plus share any new information about their condition with them. Without proper treatment HIV could develop into AIDS which presents itself with its own collection of symptoms.