HIV and Aids Pictures, Symptoms, and Treatment

HIV Symptoms and Progression

After you are infected with the HIV virus you may not notice symptoms right away. You are already contagious though. Generally within a few weeks you'll notice feeling run down and flu like symptoms will follow. One of the first tell tale signs is swollen lymph nodes. Some of the other symptoms include muscle aches and spasms, fever, sore throat, and headache. Some people also develop a rash that can cover large parts of the body.

After this first outbreak of symptoms, many people don't have any further symptoms until years later when the virus progresses. What does happen in your body during that time is the breakdown of your immune system. The virus multiplies and gradually destroys you immune cells. As this progression continues some of the symtoms are diarrhea, weight loss, shortness of breath and bad coughing, and fever.

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Aids Symptoms

After about 10 years if you get no treatment for the HIV virus it will progress into AIDS. At this point the immune system is extremely damaged making it almost impossible to fight off infection. The body will get many different types of infection that won't effect most people because of the state of the immune system.

Some of these infection symptoms are; chronic diarrhea, having a fever above 100 degree or extreme chills that shake the body, extreme fatigue that never goes away, trouble seeing, rashes and bumps on the skin, and soaking night sweats.


HIV and AIDS Treatment

There is no cure for AIDS but there is medicine that can help combat the break down of the immune system and aid in controlling the virus. The treatment of this virus can be as hard to deal with as the virus itself because the side effects are almost as bad as the symptoms of the disease.

Only a Doctor can determine exactly when to start treatment. While being treated, you will be tested every few months to see if the viral load is decreasing when the virus is in the HIV stage. It will gradually reduce it to being undetectable. Of course, this doesn't mean your cured, it just means your viral load has been decreased to the point of being undetectable on the test.

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iamsergell 5 years ago from Darwin, Australia

Pretty scary. Very informative hub. I never knew there would be that rashes when people get the HIV. Voted up! Thanks. Godbless and take care my friend. :D


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DeborahFantasia 5 years ago from Italy Author

I agree, very scary ! Thank you for your comment, God bless you as well :)


Gladys Kosin 3 years ago

Am from UK I give thank to a great doctor who help me out of my illness I was very sick I thank god who use this man to help, it started when i travel to Florida for visit there I meet a lady not knowing to me that she HIV positive I really like the lady because she was beautiful I always see her every moment I close my eye I went to tell her how I feel for her but I don’t know if she know that she HIV I went to bed with her I contacted the virus too when I get home for month my doctor come to check on me and he discover that I have HIV he was shock and tell me I was so confused and so surprised to hear that I was taking HIV drug to cure it for good a 2year I decided to look for cure them I meet this post on internet I contacted him for help… well DR.OKORUNDO proving to be a great man and he heal me.. According to him he said is the power of his gods well I thank god am back again if you need cure for your HIV….you can still contact him or his email or number I promise he is 100% he cure any virus like T-VIRUS HIV AID ROTA-VIRUS, SMALLPOX, HEPATITIS B if you have this virus or friend non relative contact him now DR.OKORUNDO@HOTMAIL.COM


ben 2 years ago

Please help me thank dr.obudo for his good work I really believe HIV have cure I was HIV positive over since 1year plus before I come across a comment dr.abegbe that he have cure to any disease and virus but when I saw it i have it in mind that he can’t cure HIV I just decided to give a try I contact him that night lucky to me he said yes but I don’t believe him I think it was a scam or some thing like that but I still hold on to see the work of dr.obudo if he is saying the true he ask for different thing and some question about me I give him all the detail he needed and I wait to see his reply to my problem after all the thing is done he ask me to go for check up I went for hiv test I cant believe I was negative thanks dr.obudo for help me for not dying at this young age if you need help contact him now dr.obudospellhome@gmail.com call +2348109792351


ben 2 years ago

Please help me thank dr.obudo for his good work I really believe HIV have cure I was HIV positive over since 1year plus before I come across a comment dr.abegbe that he have cure to any disease and virus but when I saw it i have it in mind that he can’t cure HIV I just decided to give a try I contact him that night lucky to me he said yes but I don’t believe him I think it was a scam or some thing like that but I still hold on to see the work of dr.obudo if he is saying the true he ask for different thing and some question about me I give him all the detail he needed and I wait to see his reply to my problem after all the thing is done he ask me to go for check up I went for hiv test I cant believe I was negative thanks dr.obudo for help me for not dying at this young age if you need help contact him now dr.obudospellhome@gmail.com call +2348109792351

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