HIV Symptoms in Men

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Symptoms in men
Symptoms in men (Image: Stethoscope and medical microscope image by Monika 3 Steps Ahead from Fotolia.com)

Prior to developing AIDS, there is a period of time where a man who has been infected with HIV will simply live with the virus. It may take years to actually develop into acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or even show any signs that the man has contracted the virus. However, there are a few symptoms that can be an indication that you may have this condition.

Fever/Headache

Many men who have been infected with HIV will experience the symptom of a mild to moderate fever. Often, it will simply be confused with a cold or the flu. This fever will often be accompanied by a headache. Sometimes this symptom will present itself in as little time as two weeks.

Swollen Glands

Another common symptom of HIV is the development of swollen glands. These may be any of the lymph glands within the body.

Rash

Sometimes, a man infected with HIV will notice the presence of a rash somewhere on his body. This will typically be a reddening to a patch of the skin or a flaking at this same area.

Diarrhea

A later sign of infection of HIV would manifest as diarrhea. This may or may not be accompanied by other symptoms, such as the fever, rash or swollen glands.

Loss of Weight

Some men will also begin to experience a certain amount of unexplained weight loss when infected with the virus.

Lethargy

Depending on a man's white blood cell count, he may begin to feel somewhat lethargic and have an overall lack of energy.

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