AIDS and HIV are two related diseases that are considered as silent killers because of their long incubation periods. This means that they can infect an individual for a long time without showing any visible symptoms. As a result, many AIDS/HIV-infected people are left thinking that they do not have the disease, unaware of how the virus is already attacking their immune systems.

 

Most HIV/AIDS cases leave a person feeling healthy for up to a year. This gives the virus enough time to discreetly cause harm to a person’s body. Because of this ability, many HIV/AIDS cases are left undiagnosed until it is already too late.

 

People who suffer AIDS start out with an HIV infection. They undergo different phases until they reach the fatal, final stage which is AIDS. Oftentimes, these people only realize that they have been infected with HIV/AIDS after more than a year since first exposure to the virus. This is not a good thing because by that time, their immune systems have already suffered some damages caused by the silent destructive nature of the virus.

 

Those that are infected with HIV/AIDS manifest the following symptoms:

 

Recurring herpes infections

Diarrhea

Weight loss

Appetite loss

Night sweats

Persistent cough

Fever

Oral thrush

Fatigue

Skin infections caused by bacteria

 

Those that are in the later stages of the disease have the following more severe symptoms:

 

Tuberculosis

Lymphoma

Cerebral toxoplasmosis

Cytomegalovirus infection of the gut or the retina

A rare type of skin cancer known as Kaposi’s sarcoma

Dementia

Pneumocystis pneumonia

Infection known as disseminated mycobacterium avium

 

If you suspect that you have HIV or AIDS, it is strongly advised that you get tested for HIV or AIDS immediately. There is no reason to wait for matters to get worst. Those that have an active sex life are encouraged to get an HIV or AIDS test, along with their partners. This is just precaution so as to not let any disease develop in your body without you knowing. Having AIDS or HIV is a condition that everybody must take seriously because these diseases are fatal and has already taken millions of lives around the world.