November 15, 2008

November 15, 2008
Initial Signs

Welcome to the weekend. I do not know about you but I had a long week and am glad I made it to Saturday.

Today was also a very busy day because the project participated at a health rally at Edward Waters College. A good friend, Lisa Barton, put the health rally together so I definitely wanted our project to be there.

There was a great turnout for an event on Saturday and I had a great time as always. I took several pictures with people holding Dab the AIDS Bear and will be adding them to the project's opening page graphics by tomorrow evening.

Today I was asked a question by several students that I get asked often. What are the initial signs of HIV infection? So early signs of having been infected with HIV will be the topic for the day.

HIV infection progresses in stages.

These stages are based on your symptoms and the amount of the virus in your blood.

Most people go through the following stage after being infected with HIV:

Initial stage (acute retroviral syndrome)

Acute retroviral syndrome is an illness with symptoms like the flu. It often develops within a few days of infection, but it may occur several weeks after the person is infected.

Symptoms may include:

* Abdominal cramps, nausea, or vomiting.

* Diarrhea.

* Enlarged lymph nodes in the neck, armpits, and groin.

* Fever.

* Headache.

* Muscle aches and joint pain.

* Skin rash.

* Sore throat.

* Weight loss.

These first symptoms can range from mild to severe and usually disappear on their own after 2 to 3 weeks.

If you are sexually active and experiencing these symptoms, you should see your health care provider and have a HIV test to find out if you are infected.

But you know my motto is if you are sexually active (even if you think you are in a monogamous relationship), you should get a HIV test every six months.

The weather is overcast and raining here in Jacksonville so I am spending the rest of the day resting up for a busy upcoming week while watching some football.

I hope you are having a safe and great weekend. Remember to take time to do something for yourself.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab