What is HIV/AIDS treatment?
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). HIV attacks specific cells (T cells) in the immune system. The weakened immune system is less able to fight off infections and diseases.
Although there is no cure for HIV or AIDS, antiretroviral medications can suppress the virus to prevent or delay the onset of AIDS. The HIV/AIDS professionals help patients manage their illness and live full and healthy lives.
Most people have few or no symptoms during the early stages of HIV, even up to 10 years. Within 1 to 2 months after infection, some people have early symptoms that may last a few days to several weeks. During and after this time, you are highly infectious with HIV.
The early symptoms of HIV include:
- Swollen lymph glands in the neck and groin
- Sore throat
If HIV progresses to AIDS, more severe symptoms can develop:
- Rapid weight loss
- High fever and chills that last several weeks
- Profuse night sweats
- Extreme fatigue
- Cough or shortness of breath
- Diarrhea that lasts for more than a week
- Red, brown, pink or purplish blotches on or under the skin or inside the mouth, nose, or eyelids