There is life with HIV

01- Does HIV Symptoms Mean I Have HIV?

Do I have HIV? My God!!!? Do I have the virus that can cause AIDS?

HIV symptoms are very, extremely generic. Don't go from the impression of having these symptoms to the definitive statement: I have HIV

HIV infection is a possibility if you have had unprotected sex, if you use injecting drugs sharing vestments, but this needs to be proven with a test.

It is a frightening possibility, I know, this of having become a person living with HIV. That is why it is important to know the answer to this question:

Do I have HIV?


A the only way to know for sure if you have HIV is to get tested. You you cannot trust the apparent symptoms of HIV to know if you have the virus.

Knowing your HIV status provides important information so that you can take steps to keep you and your partner (s) healthy:

  • If your test is positive, you can, and should, take medicine to treat HIV. When taking the HIV drug as prescribed, your viral load decreases. To the extent that no test detects the presence of HIV, Undetectable viral load.
  • It is the best thing you can do to stay healthy.
  • Having an undetectable viral load, it is difficult to transmission of the virus.
  • If your test is negative, there is prevention tools, in addition to condoms, davailable today more than ever.

People read about symptoms of HIV and confuse them with symptoms of AIDS.

And the distance that exists between these two realities exists even in the calendar.

The path, the natural path of the evolution of the disease, HIV infection, and its symptoms, is very different from everything you usually believe. Believing this myself, at a time when I was looking for death, I let myself be deceived, and ended up contracting HIV because I believed it would be this:

"Shovel, and ball"! No, it is not.

HIV symptoms and signs of AIDS ARE NOT THE SAME! You can read part of my mistake here, in this very clear statement in which I say that, for me, I do not think about healing, given my mistakes.

If you are pregnant and believe you may have HIV

  • If you are pregnant, you must have an HIV test so that you can start treatment if you are HIV positive. If an HIV-positive woman is treated for HIV in early pregnancy. decrease the risk of transmitting HIV to the baby.

    The State of São Paulo was, in Brazil, the first State to eradicate Vertical transmission. And Santos, the first city in the country.

The text continues after the video, but the video is very important for you and your baby!

The HIV self test it is also an option. HIV self testing allows people to take an HIV test at home or another private location. You can buy a kit from a pharmacy. Your doctor can give one to you, if you have it. Some health departments or community organizations also provide kits free of charge.

What are the symptoms of HIV?


There are several symptoms of HIV. Not everyone will have the same symptoms. It depends on the person and the stage of the disease they are in.

How I Have HIV I Went Through Stage 1: Acute HIV Infection


Within 2 to 4 weeks after becoming infected with HIV, about two-thirds of people will have a flu-like illness. This is the body's natural response to HIV infection. 

Flu-like symptoms can include:
These symptoms can last from a few days to several weeks. But some people do not show any symptoms during this early stage of HIV.
Don't Assume! HIV, or AIDS, is not, is not and has never been punishment. Certain religious people say these things. But not the Christ!
Don't assume you have HIV just because have any of these symptoms. They are similar to almost all viruses. However, if you believe you may have been exposed to HIV, get tested.
Do not freak out! Freak out doesn't get you anywhere


Here's what to do:

  • Find an HIV test site near you—You can have an HIV test at your primary care provider's office, at your local health department, at a health clinic, or at many other places. Use the HIV service locator to find an HIV test site near you.
  • Request an HIV test for recent infection- most HIV tests detect antibodies (proteins that your body produces as a reaction to HIV), not HIV itself. But it can take a few weeks after the infection for your body to produce them. Other categories of tests can detect HIV infection earlier. Tell your doctor or clinic if you think you have recently been exposed to HIV. And ask, before using, whether their tests can detect the infection early.
  • Know your status- after taking the test, make sure you know the test results. If you are HIV positive, see a doctor as soon as possible so that you can start treatment with HIV drugs. And be aware: when you are at an early stage of infection, you are at a very high risk of transmitting HIV to others. Is important take actions to reduce the risk of transmission. There are prevention tools like condoms (condoms), pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) that can help you stay negative, or to PEP, which is a medical emergency!
Stage 2: Clinical Latency

At this stage, the clinical latency, the virus still multiplies, but at very low levels. People at this stage may not feel sick or have any symptoms. This phase is also called chronic HIV infection.

Without HIV treatment, people can stay in this phase for 10 or 15 years, but some go through this phase more quickly.

If you take HIV medicine daily, exactly as prescribed, achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load, you protect your health and decrease the risk of transmitting HIV to your sexual partner (s).

But if your viral load is detectable, it’s easier transmit HIV, even when there are no symptoms. It is important to see your doctor regularly to check your viral load. Therapeutic vacation is almost suicide.

Here is something clear, the symptoms of HIV are not those of this Stage 3: AIDS

An internship that takes years to develop

If you have HIV and are not undergoing treatment, the virus weakens your immune system and progresses to AIDS, the final stage of HIV infection.

AIDS symptoms can include:

Sintomas do HIV e Sintomas da AIDS
Image created by Mara

Each of these symptoms can also be related to other diseases. The only way to know for sure if you have HIV is to get tested. If you are HIV positive, a healthcare provider will diagnose whether your HIV has progressed to stage 3 (AIDS) based on certain critérios doctors.

Sintomas do HIV e Sintomas da AIDS II
Image By Mara

Many of the symptoms and serious illnesses of HIV infection come from opportunistic infections that occur because your body's immune system has been damaged. Consult your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.

Defining AIDS in Your Scared Little Head

AIDS is the end stage of HIV infection that occurs when the body's immune system is seriously damaged due to the action of the virus.

In the United States, most people with HIV do not develop AIDS because taking HIV drugs daily, as prescribed, stops the disease from progressing.

A person with HIV is considered to have progressed to AIDS when:

  • The number of your cells CD4 dropped below 200 cells per cubic millimeter of blood (200 cells / mm³). (In someone with a healthy immune system, the CD4 count is between 500 and 1.600 cells / mm³.) OR
  • they develop one or more diseases opportunists, regardless of your CD4 count.
The HIV Life Cycle

Without the HIV drug, which actually controls the life cycle of HIV, people with AIDS generally survive about 3 years. I, Cláudio, would like to give you an extra message of hope, making you consider that I have been living with HIV for, already, for twenty-five years, but I believe I contracted HIV in the 80s, working at Vagão Plaza, and this leaves certain scientific truths in the trash can, but when someone has a dangerous opportunistic illness, life expectancy without treatment drops to about 1 year. 

Many Opportunistic Diseases That Are Not Symptoms of HIV

TB It suits? I had this.


Yes, it is a serious and potentially fatal disease! Some of its variants are incurable! Sloppy treatment can be a very serious complicating factor!

QI would like to take this opportunity to tell you some things. When I started my fight, I made the mistake of withdrawing my FGTS and, with that, I ended up scored. I'm struggling to burn this, because, although the withdrawal presently made is a generic code, in those years it was something unique, that put a lilac Neon on its head in the bank and the "cashier girl" mentioned the code aloud and it was like if she screamed:

"Look at the AIDS sufferer here!"

You know ... I have learned that a word is just a word

We will still talk about this entry. Going further, I would have the right to free buses, as long as I met some requirements. Yes, I would have the right to a free ticket if I had AIDS associated with two opportunistic diseases. In this way, if I had, for example, AIDS, tuberculosis and hepatitis, well, then I could ride the bus for free in the city of São Paulo. It would have to be almost a living dead for that.

Society with strange legislation and, I believe, somehow I will digress about it in my Podcast ... And I have the slight impression that I will bother ...

Well, I had tuberculosis. And I treated her living (again) on the streets, because the damn priest did it with me, in the support house, I lived IN THAT, and threw me on the streets, WHERE I WAS LIVING A SECOND TIME.

HIV medicine can still help people at this stage of HIV infection and can, yes, and not even, as the English text says, save lives. But people who start ART immediately after contracting HIV experience more benefits - that's why HIV testing is so important.

Image editing of this text by Mara. My Maroca!

Clinical latency of HIV infection.

Immune system

HIV in your life

Viral load tests

Notice, nets text the difference between symptoms of HIV and AIDS

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