HIV / AIDS

  1. Is My Rash a Symptom of HIV or Something Else?

    Is My Rash a Symptom of HIV or Something Else?
    When a person is infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), a plethora of symptoms such as flu and feverish feelings become evident. However, the earliest symptom of HIV are rashes or lesions on the body of the patient. The HIV rash symptom usually appears flat or barely raised with small reddish dots or spots in light-skinned people, and black or dark purple color, in dark-skinned people. Rashes that are associate with HIV rash are: atopic dermatitis, xerosis, eosinophilic folliculitis and warts. → Continue reading
  2. The 13 symptoms of HIV

    The 13 symptoms of HIV
    At the onset of HIV infection, at least 90% of people infected with HIV will start experiencing symptoms that will tell them something is wrong with their body. If you know you are at risk of possibly having any sexually transmitted disease, this is the right time to get checked. 40% to 90% of people who contract HIV, experience flu-like symptoms known as acute retroviral syndrome (ARS) a month or two after HIV entered the body. However, in many... → Continue reading
  3. What Are The Four Stages Of HIV?

    What Are The Four Stages Of HIV?
    HIV has two types : HIV-1 and HIV-2. HIV-1 is the responsible pathogen in 95% of HIV infections. HIV-2 is less infectious and is mostly present in West Africa. Anyone who is infected with HIV will go through 4 stages. The first stage is known as the incubation period. No noticeable signs or symptoms are experienced during this period. This stage can last from a few months to several years. In most cases, after 3 months, enough antibodies are present and an HIV test kit can diagnose whether the patient is infected. → Continue reading
  4. How long can I live with HIV?

    How long can I live with HIV?
    Almost 1.1 million people living with HIV is estimated in the US alone. A recent study suggests that a person diagnosed with HIV at the age of 20, could add up to 43.3 years of life to their life expectancy. However, insufficient treatment or treatment noncompliance could be deadly quicker than expected. Treatment noncompliance or insufficiency may lead to stage 3 HIV or even AIDS. In stage 3 HIV, the immune system is exhausted and can no longer protect the individual against other pathogens. → Continue reading
  5. STDs You Can Get Without Having Sex

    STDs You Can Get Without Having Sex
    Do you know you can still contract some of the STDs even without having sex? You do not really have to be sexually active to catch a sexually transmitted disease. Before you dive into the specifics of how it is even possible, it is important for you to first understand a few terminologies. When it comes to ‘sex’, it generally means oral sex, anal sex, and penis-in-vagina sex. Penis-in-vagina is considered the only viable form of sex. However, there... → Continue reading
  6. The Side Effects of HIV On Your Body

    The Side Effects of HIV On Your Body
    You must be familiar with HIV, but perhaps not know if it is, in any way, affecting your body. Technically known as the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, it destroys the CD4+ cells in the body, which are critical to our immune system. These cells are mainly responsible for keeping us healthy from common infections and diseases. HIV gradually weakens the body’s natural defense system, as it prevails, symptoms start showing up. It is imperative to learn what happens as the... → Continue reading
  7. What are the Symptoms of Acute HIV Infection?

    The acute stage of an infection has often been regarded as its primary stage where the infection develops based on the way it is handled. Specifically, the acute stage of HIV is said to exist between the periods of two to four weeks after one has been exposed to the infection. Various other names are also used to describe what Acute HIV infection means; like ‘primary stage,’ ‘early stage,’ and ‘first stage.’ A person is said to have Acute... → Continue reading
  8. How to (NOT) Contract HIV

    Contracting HIV is one of the biggest fears of any person who at any point in time, has heard about the horrors of the disease. For this reason, many have held on to awkward beliefs about HIV for years which have, consequently, misled other ignorant persons also. Knowing how a human contracts HIV goes beyond mere speculation or set of beliefs which have been passed on from generation to generations It is therefore important to consider some of these... → Continue reading
  9. The Early Symptoms of HIV AIDS in Men

    The early signs and symptoms of HIV in men are almost as seen in women, and these are experienced at the acute stage of the infection. Just like many other diseases and infection, HIV tells on its host as it continues to develop if adequate steps are not taken to curb its excesses. In most circumstances, people often experience no symptoms which is one of the many reasons why they live with HIV infection until it progresses to the... → Continue reading

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