What are the signs of HIV that I can look out for?

SSMK: There are no clear signs and you can't tell just by looking at someone that they have the virus. However, if you are involved in risky behavior and if you get some of the symptoms listed below repeatedly over a long period, you should see a doctor:

  • Losing lots of weight
  • regular coughing and chest infections
  • Diarrhea (runny tummy) all the time
  • Heavy sweating or high fever.
  • Swollen glands
  • Sores in your mouth
  • Vaginal infection that keeps coming back

But all these could be caused by something else as well. Only blood test can really confirm whether you have HIV.