AIDS Symptoms

The spectrum of conditions related to AIDS ranges from the presence of HIV with no AIDS symptoms to severe immune deficiency with life-threatening secondary infections. It is still unclear how many people infected with HIV will progress to AIDS or how long this process takes. The period between infection with HIV and the onset of AIDS averages ten years in adults in the USA.

AIDS SymptomsAs AIDS is not a disease in itself, but rather, an increased susceptibility to infection, the symptoms vary widely. In some cases, HIV infection is followed by flu-like symptoms which may persist for two weeks to a few months. After this, symptoms may disappear for several years. The most common AIDS symptoms include long-term fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, weight loss, persistent infections, diarrhea, yeast infections and easy bruising.

As the immune system weakens further, an HIV-infected person becomes vulnerable to more serious infections and cancer. Among the more serious disorders are pneumonia, which affects approximately 60 per cent of patients; tuberculosis; and Kaposi's sarcoma, a connective tissue cancer. Even with treatment, most people with AIDS die within a few years of developing infections or cancers that take advantage of their weakened immune systems.

 
 
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