Thyroid and HIV

Originally Posted: 
Thursday, November 10, 2011

Is there any link between enlarged thyroid glands and HIV infection? Any reported cases?


Hi there,
Thank-you for using AIDS Vancouver Helpline Online. Lymph nodes can swell very soon after any viral infection, including after just a few days. So swollen lymph nodes are often a sign that the body is trying to fight off infections, which is a good sign. However, this doesn’t mean that if you have enlarged thyroid glands that you have HIV - there is no connection. Enlarged glands, is a symptom that appears in individuals who are HIV+ and have likely been living with HIV for several years. In addition, please make sure that you see a medical professional you trust so that you can have this properly diagnosed and evaluated. If you are not a medical professional, please avoid attempting to diagnose yourself with symptoms and/or conditions.
Also, since HIV symptoms mirror other viral infections, the only way to know your status is to get tested. However, in order for there to be HIV transmission:
1. Fluids such as blood, semen or vaginal fluids must be present
2. Activity such as unprotected intercourse or sharing of needles must occur
3. Direct access to enter bloodstream = a risk of transmission
If you have any more questions feel free to email or comment on this post.
Have a good day,
AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
604.696.4666, Monday-Friday 9am-4pm PST

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