The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. AIDS is a chronic, potentially fatal disease. HIV impairs your body’s ability to fight infection and disease by destroying your immune system.
You don’t always have AIDS if you have HIV. People infected with the virus can acquire AIDS over years. HIV and AIDS are incurable diseases. Medications, on the other hand, can significantly reduce disease progression. In many wealthy countries, these medications have helped to cut AIDS fatalities.
Even though HIV and AIDS symptoms differ depending on the stages of infection there are few commonly known symptoms for both
Within two to four weeks of the virus entering the body, some HIV patients suffer a flu-like disease. Primary (acute) HIV infection is a short-term sickness that can last a few weeks. The following are examples of possible indications and symptoms:
It is chronic HIV, HIV is still present in the body and white blood cells at this stage of infection. Many people, however, may not experience any symptoms or infections during this time.
If you aren’t on antiretroviral therapy (ART), this period can extend for years. Some people get a more severe form of the disease sooner than others.
You may develop minor infections or persistent signs and symptoms as the virus continues to spread and damage your immune cells.
When you get AIDS, your immune system is seriously harmed. You’ll be more susceptible to opportunistic infections and malignancies, which are diseases that would not normally cause illness in someone with a sound immune system.
Some of these illnesses may cause the following signs and symptoms:
There are several misconceptions about AIDS and people with it. It can’t be spread with touches or with the usual interaction with an infected person. Understand that HIV does not spread through :
You may become infected with AIDS if you
If you think that you may have been infected with HIV or are at risk of contracting the virus, consult a doctor as soon as possible. Early diagnosing and proper treatment can reduce the ill effects of AIDS significantly.
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