Early symptoms of HIV in men and women. First symptoms of AIDS

It is widely known that neither HIV nor AIDS has got any specific symptoms. The first and the earliest signs of AIDS in men as well as in women appear when the organism overcomes a hardship while struggling with the opportunistic infections (such as bacteria, mycosis, microorganisms, viruses and so on). The immune system of healthy people is not susceptible to them, that’s why they can be easily defeated without any signs of illness. But if minor diseases symptoms are being observed, especially if they are severe, then it’s time to pass the HIV antibody test.

The first indirect signs (early symptoms) of HIV in men are following:
– the earliest signs of HIV (according to the certain tests) are associated with the respiratory system. It can be revealed in dry cough, heavy breathing, crepitations in the lungs and short wind;
– shiver, rise in temperature, fever, night time sweats;
swollen lymph nodes in the inguinal region and armpit;
– frequent infections;
– the lack of appetite, sudden weight loss;
– indigestion, diarrhea;
the white film on the mucous membranes, mouth, vagina and anus;
– the appearance of rash, reddish or purple skin lesions on the torso may signify Kaposi’s sarcoma (the skin cancer that usually occurs in people with symptoms of HIV infection);
– sore throat, swollen lymph nodes in the throat (the so-called “glands”);
– general debility, shaky hands;
– unexplainable muscle and joint aches;
– headaches, muddle and change in level of consciousness;
– depression, neurological and emotional derangement, hysterics;
– peripheral neuropathy (numbness, skin tingling anywhere on the body. It is associated with the neural activity failures while transmitting the brain signals to the rest of the body);
– increased susceptibility to the rare diseases;
– increased susceptibility to cancer;

Is it possible to notice the early symptoms of HIV in a day after getting infected?
All the experts fully agree that early symptoms of HIV infection in men (as well as in women) cannot be detected in a day or 2. The first symptoms occur as early as 2-3 weeks, but it may vary. The body’s response time to the viral infection depends on the immune system and the person’s state of health in general.


The distinction between symptoms.
HIV – mild symptoms of HIV occur in several weeks after the initial infection and may be taken for a slight indisposition. The primary symptoms disappear quite soon.
AIDS – health degradation (due to immunosuppression) and permanent exposure to the opportunistic infections: pneumonia, tuberculosis, Kaposi's sarcoma, herpes, CMV disease, affecting and destroying neural cells.

It is so important to remember that these symptoms are extremely common. The vast majority of people experiencing these symptoms (especially if they’re mild) are perfectly healthy and their immune system is able to cope with the pathogenic microflora with no consequences left. If you suddenly notice all the symptoms mentioned above, don’t forget that they’re also typical for the other less harmful diseases. To check up the presence/absence of HIV you should take a blood test in the medical center.