Many people are unaware that they are infected with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). It's typically not a symptom that's easy to spot. Most people with HIV don't get signs until they're older or their infection has progressed to the point that they're at risk of developing AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).
What are the symptoms?
Fever, headache, nausea, and neck cramps are among the flu-like symptoms that some can experience. If a person has this extremely infectious disease, he or she will develop the symptoms mentioned above within 1 to 5 weeks of the virus being transmitted (from s£x, blood transfusions, or needle aspiration). After this extremely infectious illness, the HIV-positive person will return to normal and symptom-free. The infected person would go through life as if it were normal, unaware that he or she is infected.
The HIV virus continues to replicate inside the body during this process, which is known as the "Asymptomatic Phase." So, even though there are no signs, the body is still dealing with HIV.
How does HIV or AIDS develop?
When the immune system is weak, the body loses the ability to combat infections. Infections can affect the skin, lungs, stomach, and other parts of the body. Since the immune system of healthy humans will combat these diseases, they are not found in healthy people. However, since HIV's immune system is already compromised, these infections are not contagious, leading to AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). HIV/AIDS does not directly cause symptoms; instead, it leads to infections that ultimately kill the body and cause death in HIV/AIDS patients. Fungal infections and rare bacteria, as well as infections of the skin, the brain, and other organs, are among these infections.
Due to immune system disruption, HIV/AIDS can also cause tumors or cancers. Lymphoma, or colon cancer, or Kaposi's sarcoma, an aggressive cancer that grows on the skin or in the mouth, are examples of these tumors.
Since HIV/AIDS is a stigmatized disease (despite the fact that such diseases should not be treated), people living with HIV/AIDS may develop depression. It may also be a side effect of various infections that affect HIV/AIDS patients.
There's no reason to be discouraged if you're experiencing all of these symptoms because there are medications available that can help you manage your HIV/AIDS symptoms. If you're unsure about your HIV status, visit your local clinic or hospital for an HIV test.
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