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Is it normal to be able to feel the glands in the groin area? They aren't sore or tender, but I can feel them in the groin area on both sides. I might be being a bit of a hypochondriac, but I'm aware that swollen glands could be an early sign of HIV. I always, always play safe, but I still worry. Do I need to be worried or just relax?

It is always good to be aware of how your body feels and to regularly check for swollen glands or irregular areas. Since diagnosis is impossible over the Internet, I encourage you to see a medical provider and share your concerns. While there you should discuss your sexual activity including the specific type of sex you have and get appropriate STD screening tests. While the causes of swollen glands in the groin area many, common ones are STDs such as herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis.

There can be a number of reasons why you might have some swelling so it is best to look at all the options before you stress yourself out over it being due to HIV. Only a medical provider can tell for sure what the cause is.

To your health,
Dr. K

Last modified on Thursday, November 19, 2009.
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