Summary of HIV main symptoms

May 05, 2009

There are a lot of people keep asking the same questions. "What are the symptoms of HIV". We have summarize the main symptoms out. Please be aware that sometimes, the symptoms do not show on a HIV infected person. The symptoms might appear only few years later.

1. Rapid weight loss
2. Dry cough
3. Recurring fever or profuse night sweats
4. Profound and unexplained fatigue
5. Swollen lymph glands in the armpits, groin, or neck
6. Diarrhea that lasts for more than a week
7. White spots or unusual blemishes on the tongue, in the mouth, or in the throat
8. Pneumonia
9. Red, brown, pink, or purplish blotches on or under the skin or inside the mouth, nose, or eyelids
10. Memory loss, depression, and other neurological disorders


May 01, 2009

Medical studies have shown that the presence of certain factors speed the progression of the disease.

Age: Several studies have shown that age is important. The older an adult is at the time of infection, the faster the disease progresses. This has been shown to be true among hemophiliacs and drug users who are HIV positive. However, the disease progresses faster in infants than in young adults.

Cigarette smoking: Smoking stresses the body and the immune system. Fighting off infection is therefore harder for a smoker.

Alcohol and other drugs
: Use of alcohol, drugs including caffeine and substances such as sugar also damages the immune response and may hasten the progression.

Viral strains: There are several strains. Some are more virulent than others. In fact, the virus itself changes, sometimes to a more virulent form. Viruses in asymptomatic individuals tend to be less virulent than viruses found in people with AIDS.

Socioeconomic factors: Economically disadvantaged individuals tend to progress faster towards AIDS. They do not have adequate access to medical care and often live in rundown conditions. They may also have suffered years of poor nutrition and high stress.

Last but not least, psychological factors play an important role in the progression of the disease. Positive mental and spiritual health tend to slow it down.

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