Not all skinny looking men have AIDS! Like many STDs, AIDS symptoms in men are quite similar to the symptoms of AIDS in all genders.
AIDS is the most advanced stage of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). People with HIV may have symptoms in the very beginning of their infection, like swollen glands, fever, headaches, or muscle soreness.
You may not have any symptoms at all for up to 10 years. At that point, HIV begins to make it hard for your body to fight off infections, so you can get infections that normally wouldn’t affect you.
When your immune system reaches a certain point of weakness, that’s when HIV becomes AIDS.
The symptoms of AIDS in men include:
- thrush — a thick, whitish coating of the tongue or mouth that are caused by a yeast infection and sometimes accompanied by a sore throat
- severe and frequent infections
- extreme and unexplained tiredness that may be combined with headaches, lightheadedness, and/or dizziness
- quick loss of more than 10 pounds of weight that’s not from increased exercise or dieting
- bruising more easily than normal
- long periods of frequent diarrhea
- frequent fevers and/or night sweats
- swelling or hardening of glands located in your throat, armpit, or groin
- persistent, deep, dry coughing
- shortness of breath
- discolored or purplish growths on your skin or inside your mouth
- unexplained bleeding from growths on your skin, from your mouth, nose, anus, or from any opening in your body
- frequent or unusual skin rashes
- severe numbness or pain in your hands or feet, loss of muscle control and reflex, paralysis, or loss of muscular strength
- confusion, personality change, or decreased mental abilities
If you’ve had unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex, STD testing — including HIV testing — is essential. Early and consistent treatment of HIV can boost your immune system and help you stay healthy.