AIDS Symptoms

AIDS symptoms are technically the secondary infections and diseases that occur following infection with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus).

AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) is the condition reached in the advanced and severe stage of infection with HIV.

Since the terms are generally used interchangeably by the public the AIDS infection symptoms presented here for AIDS also include symptoms encountered early following initial HIV infection.

Common AIDS infection symptoms are infections and cancers that take hold following the destruction of the individual’s immune system by the human immunodeficiency virus.

AIDS symptoms:

  • fever
  • skin rash
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • fatigue
  • weight loss
  • diarrhea
  • anemia
  • thrush (mouth fungus)
  • memory loss
  • weakness
  • general dementia – concentration and cognitive deficits
  • balance and locomotion disruption
  • increased infections

Of these tuberculosis, kidney failure, Kaposi’s sarcoma, lymphomas, cervical cancer, and rectal cancer are the most common AIDS conditions.

Screening of individuals for AIDS is routinely done by antibody testing and a second more accurate test (western blot) is often used to confirm the result.

Treatments are steadily advancing and the disease is commonly controlled for a prolonged period of time in many individuals. However, there is no cure. A person infected with AIDS can infect others throughout their lifetime.

Prevention is the key in controlling the spread of AIDS.

Contraception, safe sex practices, and elimination of high risk activities (sharing of intravenous drug equipment) are simple, cheap methods and the most effective means of controlling the spread of AIDS.

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