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Signs and Symptoms of HIV | AIDS

AIDS or Aquired  Immune Deficiency Syndrome is caused by the HIV (human immunodeficiency) virus.  AIDS is the most advanced stage of infection with HIV.  HIV and AIDS result in an immune system breakdown, and the body can no longer defend itself against opportunistic infections.  It is important to note that while all people with AIDS are HIV positive, not all people who are HIV positive will develop AIDS.  We have put together a list common of signs and symptoms of HIV | AIDS below.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Most Common Signs and Symptoms of HIV | AIDS include:

AIDS occurs in stages.  There are no symptoms during the early stages of HIV.  As the virus continues to invade, the following symptoms can occur:

  • Night sweats
  • Fatigue
  • Fevers
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight loss
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Thrush herpes
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Bleeding gums
  • Dry flaky skin
  • Herpes infections

Full-blown AIDS symptoms are:

  • Karposi’s sarcoma
  • Epstein –Barr virus
  • Pneumonia
  • Yeast infections
  • Lymphoma
  • Seizures
  • Cough and shortness of breath
  • Eye problems
  • Memory problems
  • Weight loss
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Difficulty or painful swallowing
  • Severe headaches
  • Organ cancers



Diagnosis of HIV | AIDS

A diagnosis of HIV |AIDS is made through a blood test.  A blood test measures the level of HIV antibodies in the blood.  A person with HIV is considered to have AIDS when the person has a low CD4+ count, and when at least one complicating illness develops.  Most HIV positive patients develop AIDS after eight to ten years after first contracting the virus.  For some people, it can take decades to develop AIDS.  After a diagnosis of AIDSis made, the average survival time is two to three years.


Books For People Diagnosed With Signs and Symptoms of HIV | AIDS

The First Year: HIV: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed (First Year, The)
Brett Grodeck
The Sanford Guide to HIV/AIDS Therapy 2010
David N., M.D. Gilbert


100 Questions and Answers About HIV and AIDS
Joel E. Gallant
Living with HIV: A Patient’s Guide
Mark Cichocki


HIV | AIDS Resources

General Patient Resources

  • HIV . com

The web’s premier resource for information on HIV and AIDS.

http://www.hiv.com/

  • AIDS . gov

HIV/AIDS information from the Federal government about prevention, testing, treatment, research, and using new media in response to HIV/AIDS.

http://www.aids.gov/

  • Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Basic information about HIV and AIDS, including information on the virus, its origins, symptoms, and testing.

http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/basic/index.htm

  • The Body

The Web’s largest source of HIV and AIDS information. Read, listen or watch the latest HIV/AIDS news, research and resources. Learn about HIV prevention, HIV testing, and more.

http://www.thebody.com/



Medical Resources

  • Medline Plus

A service of the US National Library of Medicine.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/hivaids.html

  • Medicine Net . com

Comprehensive articles on HIV/AIDS and related topics.

http://www.medicinenet.com/human_immunodeficiency_virus_hiv_aids/article.htm

  • Web MD

AIDS and HIV Health Center.

http://www.webmd.com/hiv-aids/default.htm