Signs of HIV differs from person to person, but they’re similar in men and women. During the first two to four weeks, the virus reproduces at a very high rate.
You may experience flu-like symptoms such as:
- swollen lymph glands
Symptoms and symptoms can be mild to severe and usually resolve within a few weeks. Following the acute stage of infection, it’s not uncommon to be symptom-free for a long time.
As the infection progresses, other signs may include:
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- headaches and other aches and pains
- night sweats
- skin rashes
- oral infections
- persistent diarrhea
- weight loss
These signs and symptoms can come and go or get progressively worse. If you’ve been exposed to HIV, you may also have been exposed to other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Men are more likely than women to notice symptoms like sores on their genitals. But men typically don’t seek medical care as often as women.
Without treatment, HIV can advance to AIDS. At that stage, the immune system is greatly weakened that it cannot fight off infections and disease.