Who said that once you are infected with the HIV virus you will never live a healthy long life? Yes, it is a killer disease with no cure, but if you identify the virus earlier, accept you are infected, embark on the medication, you will lead a normal life. Healthy living keeps symptoms of HIV in men and women at bay, and many have lived for decades with the disease. Here are the symptoms men must watch out for in order to know their HIV status
For a fact, the HIV virus affects your Immune system especially the CD4 cells, which are there to protect and fight your body from any illnesses. Hence, it is important for one to be on the look out for the general signs and symptoms during the early stage. Patients with the HIV virus experience different symptoms, but this article wishes to share with you the general ones.
HIV 1 and HIV 2 symptoms after different periods
In the first weeks, most men with the virus tend to follow a general pattern from acute illness, asymptomatic period, to advanced infection.
HIV symptoms after 1 week
The acute HIV infection is the primary stage for the virus, HIV 1. This primary stage is also popularly renowned as seroconversion illness or flu-like illness. A flu-like and a skin rash that appears dark are the first few week’s symptoms experienced by most men. Other HIV symptoms after 2 weeks include:
- Muscles pain and sometimes soreness
- Feeling fatigue
- Having sore throat
- Abnormal fever
- Sweating at night
- Having sever headaches
- Ulcers on your private areas/mouth
- Feeling joint pain
- Lymph nodes swell
- Vomiting or having nausea
- You start losing weight rapidly
- Feeling depressed
If you are a man experiencing these kind of symptoms, immediately see your doctor for a HIV test or even purchase the affordable HIV test kit to avoid spreading the virus to other people and for your own health. Try not to panic and encourage yourself that having HIV virus is just like having any other disease. Once your body is done creating the antibodies for the virus, the HIV symptoms linked to the acute stage illness disappear after 3 months to 6 months.
HIV Symptoms after 1 year
This covers HIV symptoms after 3 months and they come up if you did not take action to get tested and start treatments after the acute illness stage symptoms, the virus will continue to damage your immune system. There are no any signs and symptoms in this HIV pattern and the amazing bit is that you will feel very healthy. This period can last for months or years and for this reason, many spread the virus to healthy people.
However, some infected men in this stage complained of having their lymph nodes swollen ( the neck). If you have swollen lymph nodes, kindly visit the nearest VCT center to start your treatments before your immune is completely destroyed.
Advanced HIV infection symptoms
If you fail to start your treatments, your body Immune system will be completely broken down and your body becomes weak to fight any disease. The patients suffer from ‘opportunistic infections’ attack. The HIV virus causes the deadly AIDS disease and this marks the last stage with symptoms like:
- Frequent colds
- Experiencing a rapid loss weight
- Frequent flus
- Rashes/ lesions/sores on your private areas, in your nose/ mouth, and under your skin
- Your lymph nodes having severe swelling
- Having frequent memory loss/ getting confused/ neurological disorders
- Having shortness of breath
- Frequent cough
HIV symptom rash identification
Symptoms of HIV in men include rashes that appear in the first 1-6 weeks. How do you identify a HIV rash? Well, here is a HIV symptoms pictures of a man with that kind of rashes.
What is common with the HIV symptoms rash?
- The rashes most likely affect the upper most parts of your body like your neck, shoulders, face, back and chest.
- The HIV rashes appear with spots that are reddish yet small.
- The rashes are sometimes itchy and irritating.
If you have such kind of rashes get tested and start off your medication. Sometimes the HIV medication makes the rashes to worse. In case you experience that, immediately consult your doctor so that he or she can advice you to either keep on taking the medication or to take an alternative. Here are a few ways that can minimize the uncomfortable rashes.
- Bath with warm or cold water.
- Apply rash creams that have been approved by your doctor.
- Purchase air-humidifier.
- Use lotions with calamine/emollients.
- Ensure that your toiletries and your detergents are mild.
- Wear clothing’s with cotton not wool.
- Try to keep off from direct sunlight and very cold areas
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Here is HIV symptoms pictures showing mouth sores which is a common symptom for HIV.
Ways on how HIV/AIDS is transmitted
Most people have a misconception that HIV is only spread through having intercourse with an infected person. Yes, it is the major way of transmission, but it is not the only way. This means that people should stop judging those infected with the virus, but instead show love and care for them. Here are ways through which the virus is transmitted and how to protect yourself.
- Reusing sharp objects such as injection needles, razor blades, and knives, nail cutters. Avoid sharing because it is hard to identify an infected person especially during the asymptomatic period.
- Having unprotected sex with a person that you are unaware of her/his health status. You can use condoms instead. The bad bit about it is that most girls fear getting pregnant and they forget that there are STIs such as the HIV virus, syphilis, and gonorrhea.
- Avoid direct contact of blood with anyone. For instance, if a friend gets injured and starts bleeding, wear gloves while handling the injured part.
- An infected mother can infect her baby either during birth or via breast milk. If you are infected with the virus, kindly don’t breastfeed your baby so that the innocent child can be safe from the virus. During birth they are also high chances to infect the baby and this is why women are tested for HIV virus while pregnant. If the doctor is aware of your status, they will be careful to shield the child from getting the virus.
The main and appropriate way to know your HIV status is by getting tested by visiting the nearest VCT. The good bit is that you can buy a HIV test kit and confirm your HIV status yourself. If you are safe from the virus, you should continue to protect yourself.
If you have the virus, don’t lose hope, but start your medication, eat healthy, get enough sleep, avoid getting depressed, and live a positive healthy normal life. The combination antiretroviral therapy, is what controls the virus that gradually makes your body’s progression to improve.
Ways in which HIV/AIDS cannot be transmitted
There some people who completely avoid those people who have the HIV virus because they are afraid of getting infected. The virus can only be transmitted through body fluids like vaginal, pre-seminal, and rectal fluids, men's fluids, blood, and breast milk. The virus cannot be transmitted through:
- Hugging an infected person.
- Sharing of a plate or spoon with an infected person.
- A lip to lip kiss with someone with the virus.
- Holding hands with a person living with the HIV virus.
Nowadays, a few healthy people fall in love with infected partners and live together without transmitting the virus with their doctor’s guidance. Some HIV positive patients also get married and they make a perfect couple. Getting infected is not the end of the road.
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