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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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Are loss of appetite, nausea and IBS symptoms of HIV?

I think i may have hiv. Over the past week and some days ive had lost of appetite, my stomach keeps gurgling, feels like water and air moving back and forth.mostly when i lay down( going to sleep or waking up) constant gas and watery diarrhea. I get the urge to throw up around most food (the smell) and i have these sudden nausea attacks. I am a guy who has had unprotected anal intercourse with a hiv positive male.
Fri, 27 Nov 2015
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I have gone through your query and can understand your concern...

First of all being HIV positive doesn't cause any symptom like loss of appetite, nausea and IBS. The symptom appear when a HIV positive person gets progressed to AIDS (acquired immuno-deficency syndrome) & this take months to year to progress to this stage. These symptoms may be related to stress of having sex with HIV positive person.

Chance of HIV transmission through anal sex from a HIV positive individual is very high, but not 100%. You should first do a HIV test, it is easy.

If it comes negative then you need not to worry
Even if it comes positive, there are medicines available to delay the progression to AIDS.

Hope this information helps
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