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Are you at risk of having HIV? – HIV Symptoms Checker

 

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that resides within the blood. Consequently, people pass this virus through sexual coition, sharing needles when drugging, and, sadly, a mother to her child while breastfeeding or the birth process.

There are two types of HIV; people could have either HIV-1 or HIV-2. Both are a special type of viruses called retroviruses. They are overall the same, although the latter has a somewhat weaker transmission risk, and it is slower when developing the complications. Sadly, in the United States, the more aggressive type of virus, HIV-1 is the most common.

HIV can remain within the body of people because it integrates with the host cell genetic material. Typically, when it first infects the body. It will cause a decline in a specific cell population called “CD4 helper T cells,” which are essential for the body to defend itself.

Now, there is a unique association between HIV infection and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). The latter is the worst outcome the infection by HIV could develop. It is a condition patients reach after several years of infection, like eight to ten years.

AIDS means that the patient’s immune system shuts down partially. It allows specific microorganisms like fungi, viruses, bacteria, parasites, and certain cancers to develop when in normal situations, they would not. These infections are known as “opportunistic infections” and prompt doctors to look for underlying causes.

HIV infection has three specific phases. Acute seroconversion in which people just got the infection and could present a few and very unspecific symptoms. Then, a phase in which there is no symptom at all, and the virus is rampantly replicating within the patient’s body and diminishing the so-important CD4 helper T cells. Unfourtanely, the third phase is AIDS; in this phase, without treatment, the patients typically survive less than two years.

Nowadays, there is an effective treatment for this infection. Even better, if patients are caught early, the treatment would yield far better results.

This tool is an HIV Symptoms Checker. It gathers the most important signs, symptoms, and risk factors for this infection.

Several risk factors exist for having HIV infection. However, this disease typically produces vague or no symptoms initially, and then no symptoms till complications, like AIDS, exist. The only way to find out someone has this infection is through several blood exams.

There are both screening and confirmatory tests for this infection. The CDC recommends that persons at high risk of having this infection be screened at least annually. And that is what this tool is all about, the prevention of this infection.

The tool will have questions that aim to identify people at high risk of having this disease. Also, it would tell if the symptoms someone is having are due to an HIV infection.

Keep in mind that this tool does not replace an assessment from a doctor and much less the necessary screening tests. Therefore, the tool will tell people about a higher risk of having this disease or their symptoms because of HIV infection.

Using the tool is free and would only take a few minutes. Keep yourself safe.

  • Question of

    Do you have between thirteen and sixty-four years?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have between twenty and thirty years?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does your race is African American or Hispanic/Latino?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you are a male that has sex with males?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have more than three different sexual partners a year and tend to have sex without condom protection?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have more than ten different sexual partners a year?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you tend to have receptive anal intercourse?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Is this anal receptive anal intercourse without protection? (Even if it is just one time a year, click yes)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have been diagnosed with any STDs? (It includes syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, etc.)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you use drugs that require you to inject yourself through the vein, and you have shared these needles with a partner?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Did you receive a blood transfusion before 1985 in the United States?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Did you get tested for HIV in the last twenty-four months and got a negative result?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you are pregnant?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you exchange sex for money or drugs?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you are a healthcare worker?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Approximately within four weeks after engaging in high-risk behavior like having unprotected sex or sharing drug needles, did you have a flu-like illness? (It includes symptoms like fever, malaise, and a skin rash, either alone or in a combination of all of them) The skin rash would mostly be itchy in the upper body parts like the trunk or arms.

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Approximately within four weeks after engaging in high-risk behavior like having unprotected sex or sharing drug needles, did you develop several skin bumps throughout your body? (Especially in the groin, head, and neck)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Approximately within four weeks after engaging in high-risk behavior like having unprotected sex or sharing drug needles, did you have a sore throat, nausea, or diarrhea?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Did you recently have shingles?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Did you recently have oral or genital herpes reactivation?

    • Yes
    • No

Written by Dr. Esteban Kosak

Doctor of Medicine - MD Recently Graduated from Medical School and inspired to aid the global population during this situation. I think that we shall no longer be waiting to see a doctor when we feel sick. Several times we feel disease searches in Google drive us to a rabbit hole and come out thinking that we may die of cancer or something very serious, given that symptoms may seem to fit a wide variety of illnesses. Since I recently graduated from medical school. I have all the medical information fresh in my mind. My thorough experience as an expert researcher allows me to very-well known the different diseases and conditions that affect human bodies. Empowered by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). I think that we all can provide a grain of sand to help humanity. That's why we created Symptoms.Care a place where you can come and screen your symptoms and find what different illnesses can be related to them. Armed with the right information you can instantly, discretely, secure and from the comfort of your home talk with a Doctor that can Evaluate your Symptoms and help you seek the right treatment.

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