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Early Signs of HIV in Men

25.10.2018 Posted By : Dr. Ashok Rattan Share :
Early Signs of HIV

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.

Here are some early signs of HIV in men:

Common Signs

Some of the common signs of HIV in men include:

  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Skin rash
  • Tiredness
  • Diarrhea  

Uncommon Signs

Let us now look at some of the less common signs of HIV in men:

  • Ulcers in mouth or genitals
  • Nausea
  • Joint pain
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Sore muscles
  • Nigh sweating

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 testThe 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:

  • Use of IV drugs
  • Unprotected sex with HIV positive partner
  • Improper Blood transfusion
  • Improper use of injections

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. 

If you’ve been at a risk of contracting HIV infection, it is important to contact the best pathlab or find a top quality pathology lab near you for accurate diagnosis of the condition.

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