Symptoms of HIV may vary from person to person, but they’re similar in men and women. During the first two to four weeks, the virus is reproduced at a very high rate.
You may notice flu-like symptoms such as:
- swollen lymph glands
Symptoms can get 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.
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As the infection grows, other symptoms may include:
- headaches and other aches and pains
- night sweats
- skin rashes
- oral infections
- persistent diarrhea
- weight loss
These sign can come and go or get progressively worse. If you’ve been exposed to HIV, you may equally have been exposed to other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Men are more likely than women to observe symptoms like sores on their genitals. But men typically don’t seek medical care as often as women.
Without treatment, HIV can grow to AIDS. At that stage, the immune system is so weakened that it cannot fight off infections and disease.