Early signs associated with being HIV positive include flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headaches, rashes and aching muscles, states Mayo Clinic. Other symptoms include a sore throat, chills, joint pain and diarrhea. Early stages of HIV may cause night sweats, swollen lymph glands or ulcers on the genitals or mouth.
The first signs of an HIV infection usually happen within two months of being infected by the virus, according to Mayo Clinic. Early symptoms of HIV may be mild and are not always detectable. The early signs and symptoms usually last for a few weeks.
After the initial illness, many people do not experience any signs or symptoms during clinical latent infection, notes Mayo Clinic. However, some people may have consistently swollen lymph node glands, which often occur in the neck. On average, clinical latent HIV lasts for between eight and 10 years until signs of an early symptomatic HIV infection become evident.
Signs of an early symptomatic HIV infection include swollen lymph nodes, fever, fatigue and diarrhea, explains Mayo Clinic. Other symptoms include weight loss, coughing and shortness of breath. In approximately 10 years, untreated HIV becomes AIDS. Signs of AIDS include a fever higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, soaking night sweats, chronic diarrhea and white spots or lesions around the mouth. AIDS may cause skin bumps or rashes, blurred vision, constant fatigue and headaches.