The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus that deteriorates the immunity system of human body and prevents it from fighting against infections. It destroys specific type of cells known as CD4, which are particularly immune cells that make body resistant to various types of infections and diseases.
Early signs of HIV can be indefinite and unspecific, and can easily be mistaken as flu or other mild infections. Since early signs of HIV are bearable, men tend to ignore the seriousness of the symptoms and delay their treatment. This could be one of the biggest factors that has led to an increase in the cases of HIV in men.
Some of the common signs of HIV in men include:
Let us now look at some of the less common signs of HIV in men:
Early signs of HIV in men generally arise within a month or two after the transmission of HIV virus, while some may not experience any visible symptoms at all. These early signs may also signify common sickness and other health conditions. Medical experts suggest patients to undergo enzyme linked immunosorbent assay test, commonly known as Elisa test. The Elisa test is also known as enzyme immunoassay (EIA) that detects HIV anti-bodies and antigens in blood.
The test is recommended when a person is exposed to HIV or at a risk of conceiving the infection. HIV can be conceived by:
HIV is a lifelong condition and medical experts are yet to find its cure. However, with medical assistance and antiretroviral therapy, patients can manage the condition and live with the virus for many years. But if timely treatment is not ensured, patients may develop a more serious condition known as AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).
Thus it is important to recognize early symptoms and take necessary steps to avoid serious complications. In cases of uncertainty, the person should consider taking medical help from experts and get the respective tests done.