Read my latest article about HIV/AIDS here: http://guardianlv.com/2013/07/doctors-at-brigham-and-womens-hospital-cure-2-men-of-the-hiv-virus/
Have you ever experienced unprotected sex? Are you engaging in high-risk behavior such as sharing needles during intravenous drug use? If so, you have probably been exposed to the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). And if you have tested positive for HIV, it simply means you have now acquired the HIV which is the cause of AIDS.
The early signs of being infected show differently in men and generally happen within two to six weeks, after becoming infected with HIV. This is known as the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, which damages an individual’s immune system. The early HIV symptoms can be determined by these following signs:
Sign 1: Fever
Fever is one of the most common early HIV symptoms. It occurs both in men and women. This particular symptom generally appears soon after the infection. It will happen in the first two to four weeks, and gradually dissipates, much like any other flu-like symptom. The fever symptoms are normally mild in nature and raise the body’s temperature to around 100 to 101 degrees F.
Sign 2: Headache
Most HIV infected men will get the fever with periodic mild to moderate headaches. These headaches will appear like any normal headache you have experienced in the past.
Sign 3: Swollen Glands
If a man is infected, his lymph nodes will be swollen. These glands are present in the neck, armpit or groin and would gradually become swollen, raised and firm. In general, this swelling or inflammation will not present, with pain or discomfort to the gland. Take note: this symptom has been shown to be mistaken for other illnesses before, and caution is advised. If you are not confident in your doctors prognosis, it would be wise to get a second opinion.
Sign 4: Fatigue
An infected man can also experience a dramatic change in their energy level or stamina. They can become inexplicably fatigued or tired, more than any usual activity would dictate.
Sign 5: Rash
Another early symptom of HIV is a rash. It usually presents in the form of a general rash that appears as patches of skin, that are gradually discolored from other areas of the body. The rash may show raised vesicles and simply fade away within a week to a month after it first developed.
If any these signs have appeared to you, the best suggestion here is to get yourself tested. The idea of being tested for HIV Infection may be frightening, but the HIV Testing itself doesn’t make you HIV-positive or HIV-negative as result. It’s very critical not only for your own health but also to prevent the transmission and spread of the virus to others.
Reported by Jim Donahue
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