AIDS and HIV Information
 

What Are The Initial Signs
and Symptoms of HIV Infections



The signs of symptoms of AIDS or HIV are different depending on what stage the infection is in.  When a person is first infected they may have flu-like symptoms and swollen lymph nodes but recover quickly.  This flu-like s ickness may occur two to six weeks after being infected and is not always associated with the possibility of HIV infection.  Even if you do not have any of these symptoms until years later, you can still infect other people with the virus. 

Once your body is invaded with the HIV or AIDS virus, your immune system is under attack.  Even though you may not be having any symptoms, you can still pass the disease on to another person.  Meanwhile, even if you are symptom free, your cells that coordinate your immune system are slowly being destroyed.  You can remain this way for as many as ten years but during that time you will begin it experience more frequent infections as your immune cells are destroyed.  You may experience chronic symptoms such as diarrhea, weight loss, shortness of breath, cough, fever, and unexplained weight loss.

More serious symptoms develop ten or more years after the first infection.  These symptoms signal the patient has developed AIDS.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention redefined AIDS to mean the presence of HIV infection or by a positive HIV-antibody test and at least one other symptom. 
• If your CD4 lymphocyte count is below 200 this is considered AIDS
• If you get an infection you normally would only get because your immune system is impaired
Once AIDS has developed you will begin showing more serious signs that your immune system has been seriously damaged.  You may wake up with night sweats, have the chills but have a fever higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit for several weeks, or you may have a dry cough and shortness of breath.  If you have white spots on your skin or unusual sores on your tongue or in your mouth, it is a sign of the development of AIDS.   You may experience blurred vision, headaches and unexplained weight loss.

Did You Know? 

There are some ways you cannot get AIDS! Many of these myths persisted for years after scientists proved AIDS could not be transferred in these ways.

You cannot get AIDS from food or water. Again, it is only transferred by sexual contact or contact with body fluids of an individual who has HIV or AIDS. Yes, I know there was a myth flying around you could get AIDS by getting a mosquito bite, but again this is not true.

Insects and animals cannot transfer the virus to a human. It is fine to adopt a pet from a person who has AIDS. Giving blood cannot give you AIDS. The danger is in receiving tainted blood that has been donated by someone who has AIDS.

Since 1985, this has been rare because all donated blood is run through tests to insure it is not infected with HIV. It is safe to give blood because all medical equipment used is sterilized and clean.

Last, you cannot get AIDS from having every-day contact with a person suffering from AIDS. Shaking hands, giving a hug, or being in the same room with an AIDS patient will not cause you to be infected.



As the disease progresses through your body, these symptoms will get much worse.  You are also at risk for developing some cancers such as cervical cancer, lymphoma, and Kaposi’s sarcoma.  Newer and improved treatments have reduced the risk of dying of these cancer’s but it is considered a serious complication if you should develop one of them. 



The symptoms in children with HIV are:

• Failure to gain weight
• Failure to grow normally
• At risk for the common infections that affect adults
• Severe cases of ordinary children’s diseases including pneumonia, ear infections, and tonsillitis

 

AIDS Facts

Researchers are looking into new classes of AIDS drugs that will prevent the virus from getting into the cells.

Instead of suppressing the virus from multiplying itself, it is a drug that will stop the virus from reaching the healthy cells.

These medications can be safer and more effective but more testing and research needs to be done before they are available.



Children who are born with the HIV virus are diagnosed at an early age and treatments can begin immediately.  Children in underdeveloped areas of the world are often orphans as well as born with HIV.  Many times their mother and father has already died of the effects of the disease.  If they are alive, many times they are too sick to take care of a child with the HIV virus.

 

 

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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
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AIDS Faqs
Five Classes of Antiretroviral Drugs for Treating AIDS
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Aids And The Toll On Families
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