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Advanced Signs of the HIV Virus

Flu-like symptoms are associated with the first infection of the HIV virus.  They are commonly dismissed as being a severe cold or the flu.  Occasionally they may cause meningitis, which is the inflammation of the membranes covering the brain, of other flu symptoms that may suggest a hospital stay is necessary. 

In the early years of AIDS research, scientists and researchers believed the HIV virus was quiet between the times of the infection and when AIDS is diagnosed.  That is not true.  The HIV virus is already destroying the cells that are the body’s first defense against many infectious diseases.

The progression of the disease causes the T-cell’s to drop below normal levels and allow infection.  The normal level of T-cells should be around 800 to 1200 cells per cubic millimeter of blood.  If the number drops a person may begin experiencing swollen lymph nodes, sores around the mouth, dandruff, or other skin problems.  Minor infections can plague a patient with less than the amount of T-cells that are needed. 

As the disease progresses, skin disorders and mouth sores get worse, and if the patient has herpes, their bouts of active herpes will begin to get more frequent and many people begin experiencing problems with shingles.  Diarrhea, fever, and fatigue can be found in patients where the disease is progressing.  With those signs, a person may have unexplained weight loss, joint and muscle pain, and tuberculosis may develop.  Tuberculosis is the most common infection related to AIDS in the world.  When the person has more decreases in CD4 cell counts, they develop the full AIDS disease.

A person with AIDS will develop an infection that causes pneumonia, diarrhea, meningitis, or an eye disease.  A person may develop a disease caused by a fungus that is native to the area of the country they live in.  Histoplasmosis and coccidiodomycosis are common in some parts of the country and an AIDS patient may easily develop these infections.

  Did You Know? 

The AIDS epidemic is a horrible disease but it has given us a silver lining. Scientists and researchers have a new awareness of how important the immune system is to our body. The public knows about the immune system and cares about the health of lymph nodes, vessels, and the rest of the system. Because there is a new awareness of the importance of the immune system, more research has been done on how to build it up so it can fight the advances of AIDS. People are aware of the danger of infectious diseases and are taking steps to stay healthier. They are eating healthier diets, exercising, and taking better care of their bodies.

The medical community has focused on researching vaccines and cures but has failed to explore the possibilities of bolstering the immune system. The best defense we have against infection is our body. The tragedy of that fact is that most drugs have serious side effects and only prolong life for a few more months. Strengthening the body’s immune system is our best defense against opportunistic infections.

One way to do that is to use homeopathy medicine. There is not one treatment or drug that will help every HIV infected person, but homeopathy is helping people with various stages of the disease. This is a different way of looking at the disease. Instead of fighting the pathogens that cause the disease through conventional drug treatment, doctors are looking at alternative and complimentary ways of treating patients with HIV or AIDS.

Doctors in the Netherlands are supporting the use of homeopathic medicine in treating AIDS patients. Natural therapies, and alternative methods of treatment cannot only prolong the life of the AIDS patient, it can improve the overall quality of life they have. They do not provide a cure

Another sign of developing AIDS is if a tumor would develop or the patient is diagnosed with one of several forms of cancer.  Cervical cancer, Kaposi’s sarcoma and some types of nonHodgkin’s lymphoma may signal the onset of the AIDS disease.  Brain problems may develop including AIDS induced dementia.  The body may begin to waste away and the lungs can develop pulmonary lymphoid hyperplasia or lymphoid interstitial pneumonia.  The latter two diseases are generally found in children who have developed AIDS.

If you have been tested and found to be HIV positive, any of the symptoms mentioned should cause you to seek medical attention.  If you don’t know if you are HIV positive, but do know you could be at risk because of your sexual activity or drug use, it is best to see a doctor at the first sign of any of the signs or symptoms.  Diagnosing the disease early may prolong your life and give you a better quality of life while fighting this disease.


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HIV and AIDS Information and Resources
World Health Organization’s AIDS Staging
History of AIDS Looking Closer at the HIV Virus and AIDS
Living With HIV and AIDS
Know the Basics about AIDS
What are the Causes of AIDS
Homeopathic Ways of Treating the AIDS Patient
AIDS and the Nervous System
Options If You Are HIV Positive
The AIDS Patient and Opportunistic Infections
Advanced Signs of the HIV Virus
Tests For the HIV Virus
Other Health Concerns For The AIDS Patient
Prayer And Spirituality Used In The Treatment Of AIDS
How To Prepare For Your AIDS Medical Appointment
Aids and Viral Complications
Parasitic Infections Common to HIV Patients
AIDS Related Lymphoma
Treating AIDS Related Lymphoma
Serious Complications Associated With The HIV Virus
White Blood Cells And AIDS
Neurological Complications Associated with AIDS
What To Do If You Think You Might Have Aids
New Developments In AIDS Research
Coping With Your AIDS Diagnosis
The Symptoms of HIV Infection
Education Is The Key To Stopping the AIDS Epidemic
The Emphasis Must Be On Prevention for HIV and AIDS
AIDS Medical Terms
Take An Active Role In Your AIDS Medical Treatment
Reducing The HIV Risk Factors
Keeping A Positive Outlook For AIDS Patients
Acupuncture To Relieve The Side Effects Of AIDS Treatment
A Healthy Lifestyle Can Help You Treat AIDS
AIDS Patients Are In It For Life
Basic AIDS Information
Do You Need To Let Everyone Know That You Are HIV Positive
Important Vitamins and Minerals for a Person with HIV
Treatments Available for the Patient with HIV or AIDS
Ways You Cannot Get The HIV Virus
Treatments Available for the HIV Positive Woman
Understanding the Basics of HIV
The United States AIDS Policy
Treatment Guidelines for the AIDS Patient
Treating Serious Illnesses in The AIDS Patient
HIV Transmission
How The HIV Virus Progresses
The Fear the AIDS Stigma Brings
I Tested Positive For the HIV Virus: What Now
How To Tell Other People You Are HIV Positive
Facts And Myths Regarding HIV Transmission
Some Recent Advances In The Fight Against AIDS
Preventive Measures You Can Take Concerning HIV Infection
Dates In AIDS History
The Impact of AIDS On MSM, Men Who Have Sex With Men
Dealing With Malnutrition For The HIV Infected Person
Know Your Personal HIV Risk Factors
Keeping Yourself AIDS Free
Are Condoms Effective As Protection Against AIDS Transmission
Juicings Possible Benefits To The Person With HIV
What Are The Initial Signs and Symptoms of HIV Infections
Five Classes of Antiretroviral Drugs for Treating AIDS
Dietary Needs And The HIV Patient
Misconceptions About AIDS
Oh No I have AIDS
The Staggering AIDS Statistics
Exercise May Boost Your Imune System
Aids And The Toll On Families
Immunization Needs For Adult AIDS Patients
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome: The Basic Facts
Is There A Silver Lining in The Cloud of AIDS
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