What are the symptoms of AIDS

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
What are the symptoms of AIDS

HIV attacks the immune system, which fights infection and protects the body from disease. The virus multiplies and gradually weakens the immune system, which is no longer able to perform its function of protecting the body from disease. What we refer to as AIDS is when the infection has progressed and weakened the immune system to the point where the body cannot fight opportunistic infections(IO) which can then be life-threatening. At OneHowto we explain for you what are the symptoms of AIDS so you know how to recognise this disease.

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Symptoms of HIV

When a person is infected by the HIV virus they may not realise, because symptoms do not occur at the time nor in the following days after being infected. After 3 - 4 weeks, or even months for some people, mild symptoms start to appear. The first symptoms that occur after being infected by the HIV virus are:

  • Diarrhoea.
  • Fever.
  • Sore throat.
  • Swollen glands.
  • Headache.
  • Skin rashes.
  • Excessive sweating at night.

If you have these symptoms and think there's a possibility you might have HIV, you should see your doctor immediately.

Symptoms of AIDS

The symptoms of AIDS do not occur until after almost 10 or 15 years after being infected with HIV. This is why many people are unaware that they have the disease and do not take adequate measures to treat the virus. The symptoms of AIDS are the same symptoms as HIV but are more severe. They also include:

  • Fatigue.
  • Weight loss.
  • Breathing problems.
  • Mouth sores.
  • Tremors.
  • Yeast infection
  • Flaky skin and rashes
  • Paralysis in parts of the body.

There are several symptoms such as having Kaposi's sarcoma that only appear in people with AIDS, so if you have this disease it is quite probable that you have AIDS.


Remember that to prevent AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases you should always use condoms during sex, which also will help prevent unwanted pregnancies. Awareness is important in preventing the rate of infection from continuing to rise worldwide.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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