HIV and AIDS Symptoms

The 3 Stages

When victims first get HIV, the natural body response to it is a flu-like symptom. Generally, it will be described as a sore throat, fever, fatigue and a massive headache. However, not every affected person develops that sickness. On the other hand, a headache doesn’t mean you have HIV.

In the second stage of the infection, the clinical latency stage, the victims experience a symptom-free period. People on treatment can survive during that period because the virus is in the body, but developing himself without producing symptoms. Even though there’s a lack of symptoms during that period, the victims can still transmit the virus to others.

After that symptom-free period, the virus has developed importantly and has reduced the strength of the victim’s health. Furthermore, your immune cells are destroyed and the general symptoms are fever, fatigue and shortness of breath. If you have HIV and you don’t take medication to reduce the effects of the virus, eventually your body’s immune system will get weaker day by day, to finally develop the AIDS (Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). During the final stage of HIV infection, people infected have terrible symptom, as an important weight loss, extreme tiredness, depression and pneumonia. At this stage, your health is in danger and you are more likely to have cancer. Be careful, those symptoms are applicable for other diseases. To be sure if you do have HIV or not, you have to get tested by a doctor.

‘’Signs and symptoms.’’ USAgov, Web. 19 Dec. 2013

‘’HIV and AIDS Health Center.’’ LLC, March 2007

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