Is Knee Pain Caused By The HIV Virus?
Good evening. R n My brother for the past month has had a bewildering illness. Initially I had a severe right headache and it happened for almost 2 weeks, after the headache disappeared then I experienced pain in the chest for only 2 days. After being declared healthy from one of the RSD here then allowed to go home. But last night I experienced severe pain in the knee and was being treated in a health clinic. My question is whether these diseases can be caused by the HIV virus? Can the usual clinic be tested for HIV?
HIV is a virus that attacks the human immune system. HIV is transmitted through bodily fluids such as semen, vaginal fluids, blood and breast milk. HIV transmission includes risky intercourse, unsterile needles, contaminated blood transfusions, mother-to-child transmission, and open wounds on the skin and mucosa.
Symptoms of HIV vary widely. At first there will be common symptoms such as flu symptoms, fever, sore throat, rash, swollen lymph nodes, weight loss, diarrhea, fatigue, joint pain, and muscle aches. These symptoms can improve in 1-2 months or more. Then usually the person looks healthy for several years to 10 years or more. Furthermore, the patient will enter the AIDS phase where there are various complaints that are heavier and are more easily infected with other diseases.
HIV testing is by testing HIV. HIV testing can be done in hospitals, VCT clinics, some public health centers and clinics, and laboratories. Regarding the clinic you are referring to, you should ask the clinic directly whether the clinic provides HIV testing services or not.
For complaints that are currently being felt in the form of knee pain, it is not always caused by HIV. Indeed, HIV can cause joint pain and muscle pain, but knee pain can also be caused by many other things such as:
Osteoarthritis Gout Rheumatoid arthritis Tendonitis History of injury, ligament damage, tendon damage, knee fractures and fractures Bleeding in the joints Infections, such as septic arthritis To determine the cause of knee pain the doctor can perform anamnesis, physical examination, and if necessary, supportive examinations with blood tests , X-rays, and CT scans. The next treatment will be adjusted to the patient's condition, it can be with drugs, physiotherapy, to surgery.
If your brother is currently being treated at the clinic, you should discuss directly with the doctor who treats your brother about your brother's condition, including the examinations that need to be done and treatment options that can be given to ascertain the cause of the complaint and resolve the complaint. It is better if your sister follows the advice of the treating doctor.
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Thank you and hope it helps,
dr. Devika Y