HIV is a sexually transmitted disease that can affect both men and women. It is caused by a virus that attacks a person’s immune system.
The number one way to contract HIV is through sexual intercourse. Having unprotected sex with an HIV-positive person can get you ill with HIV. Furthermore, having multiple sex partners also puts you at high risk of getting HIV. Sharing of syringes, needles, and other paraphernalia also makes you susceptible to acquiring not only HIV but other diseases as well.
If you care about your well-being and want to protect yourself from HIV, it is important to practice protected sex to avoid contracting HIV and other STDs from your sexual partners. Always be careful when handling medical equipment.
So what are the symptoms of HIV in men?
The following are the early symptoms of HIV in men that we all should look out for.
- Fever is an early symptom of HIV which men who have contracted HIV will experience. It might appear as soon as the person has been infected or after about two to three weeks.
- Fever caused by HIV is usually accompanied by a headache. A headache can be mild to severe. It is best to take medication such as aspirin or ibuprofen to relieve the pain.
- Fatigue or tiredness is also common to HIV patients. Because the virus attacks the immune system, it is not weird for the patient to feel weak and have low energy levels. Men who suffer from HIV generally do not feel like exerting too much effort and it appears as if they lost their interest and stamina in doing their usual routine.
- Swelling of the glands also happens in men with HIV. As a result of this, the groin, armpits, and/or neck become swollen and will cause a lot of discomforts.
- Rashes are also common in HIV patients. They may begin to appear in the chest and arms and spread to other parts of the body.
Other important HIV symptoms in men that you have to watch out are the following:
- Muscle pains, joint pains, sore throats, weight loss, appetite loss, enlarged liver or spleen, warts or herpes, vomiting, and nausea
- Once a man experiences these symptoms, he should immediately get tested for HIV. There are HIV tests conducted in health centers and hospitals, so he better get there quick so that he can be diagnosed and receive treatment right away.