AIDS and HIV are a couple of connected health problems that are regarded as silent killers due to their long incubation times. This indicates that they can infect a person for a long period without demonstrating any kind of noticeable signs or symptoms. Because of this, a lot of AIDS/HIV-infected individuals are left believing that they do not have the disease, oblivious of how the virus is already damaging their immune systems.

The majority of HIV/AIDS cases leaves any individual feeling healthy and balanced for up to 12 months. This provides the virus plenty of time to discreetly bring trouble for a person’s body system. Due to this capability, a lot of HIV/AIDS cases are left undiagnosed until it is far too late.

Those who suffer AIDS begins with an HIV infection. They go through various phases until they get to the fatal, ultimate stage which is AIDS. More often than not, these people only recognize that they have been afflicted with HIV/AIDS after over a year since initial exposure to the infection. This is not a good thing since by that time; their immune systems have already sustained certain damages brought on by the silent damaging nature of the viral strain.

Signs and Symptoms of HIV/AIDS

People who are afflicted with HIV/AIDS manifest the following signs or symptoms:

  • Skin infections caused by harmful bacteria
  • Persistent herpes infections
  • Weight reduction
  • Chronic cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Appetite loss
  • Night Sweats
  • Exhaustion
  • Fever
  • Oral thrush

The ones that are in the later stages of the infection have the following even worse warning signs:

  • Lymphoma
  • Tuberculosis
  • Cerebral toxoplasmosis
  • Pneumocystis pneumonia
  • Cytomegalovirus infection of the gut or the retina
  • Dementia
  • Infection called disseminated Mycobacterium avium
  • An unusual form of skin cancer called Kaposi’s sarcoma 

Testing for HIV/AIDS

In the event you suspect that you have HIV or AIDS, it is highly recommended that you get tested for HIV or AIDS as soon as possible. There is no reason to wait for things to get worst. People with an active sex life are urged to get an HIV or AIDS test, together with their mates. This is simply a safety measure in an attempt to not let any kind of health problem develop in your body without you realizing it. Having AIDS or HIV is an illness that everybody needs to take seriously as these diseases are lethal and have already taken out countless lives worldwide.