HIV is the acronym for human immunodeficiency virus which is caused by retroviruses, a group of viruses that damage the cells of the immune system of the body. The body’s immune system tries to contain the virus but cannot withstand the damage caused by HIV. HIV destroys the ability of the body to fight diseases.

AIDS means acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. HIV causes AIDS. This happens when the body’s immune system is destroyed by the virus.

HIV/ AIDS Early Signs and Symptoms – STD Tests

Early signs and symptoms of HIV include headache, fever, nausea, tiredness, and diarrhea. The lymph nodes in the armpits, neck, or groins will also become enlarged. If you have any of these symptoms, HIV testing is recommended.

Most of the symptoms of HIV are the same as many other different viral infections. It is important that you get tested to detect whether or not you are infected with HIV. Most people infected with HIV do not exhibit signs and symptoms for many years after exposure.

HIV/AIDS Later Signs and Symptoms

Patients in late-stage infection of HIV will have symptoms of rapid weight loss, recurring fever, dry cough, pneumonia, swollen lymph glands, and white spots on the throat, tongue, or in the mouth, and profound and unexplained fatigue.

HIV/AIDS Treatment

HIV drug treatment is also known as combined antiretroviral therapy (CAR) or highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). Persons infected with HIV have different reactions to HIV drug treatment. Some people develop drug resistance while some experience side effects. This does ensure that the virus is not transmitted.

The different groups of drugs involved are Fusion inhibitors, Non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs), Protease inhibitors, Nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitors, and Nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs).

HIV/AIDS Prevention

You can avoid contracting AIDS by abstaining from sexual activity with multiple partners—male or female. You should have a monogamous relationship with only one uninfected partner. The risk of contracting AIDS can be prevented by avoiding sexual activity with anyone who belongs to a high risk group for AIDS, including prostitutes and drug users. If you persist in having sexual relations with multiple partners or anyone in a high risk category, get STD tested frequently to ensure you are STD free as well as your sexual partners. The use of condoms is highly recommended in halting the spread of STDs. If you test positive for ANY STD, inform any and all sexual partners so they can get tested and treated if necessary. Get Educated – Get Tested – Get Treated.


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