Aids Symptoms

Signs of HIV, AIDS symptoms
Written by Carol Dickens   

Basic AIDS Signs and Symptoms

You've probably heard about HIV and AIDS.  It's a really big problem all over the world.  The virus has not only turned into an epidemic, but a pandemic as well.  This means that it has infected people all over the world, no matter who they are or where they live.  As you can see, this is a really big problem.  While most people know about all of this, few people know about the signs and symptoms of the disease.  This is because they never think that it would happen to them.  Because of this, they never even bother to look to see if they have it.

If you are worried about whether you have it or not, you first need to ask yourself some questions.  In order to acquire AIDS or HIV, you need to come into contact with it.  Do you have sexual contact with others without using a condom?  If so, there is a chance that you could have contracted the virus.  Also, if you have ever had a blood transfusion or have shared needles with others, there is a possibility that you could be sick with AIDS.

Next, you need to look for the AIDS signs and symptoms.  Unfortunately, most of these are very benign, and they show up with a wide range of illnesses.  For example, people with HIV often have a high fever.  Most people would mistake this for having a cold or flu.  You also may feel fatigue, which is another symptom of a lot of smaller and less important illnesses.

Essentially, HIV affects your immune system in such a way that you can no longer fight off infections, bacteria, viruses, and other bad elements like you normally would.  Some of the biggest AIDS signs and symptoms come when you can no longer fend off the basic bacteria.  If you find that you are getting sick much more often than normal, this could be a sign.  People with AIDS find that they get infections very easily, and they often find that they have cancers and tumors as well.

As you can see, it can be fairly hard to point to any one symptom as classic to AIDS and HIV.  Instead, you need to be hyper critical of how you are feeling.  If there is any chance that you could have contracted the virus, you need to get tested.  Testing happens at clinics and they are done by doctors, nurses, and other qualified health professionals.  To get tested, you should visit one of these clinics.

Don't worry about people finding out about what you are doing.  These clinics are usually very discrete.  Keep in mind that the stigma in getting tested has lessened over the years.  It is no longer reserved for higher risk people.  Plenty of people get tested even when they are sure that they don't have it.  It is more of an insurance for themselves.  It is also a good thing to do right before you start a new sexual relationship with someone.  If you both get tested, then you can be pretty sure that you will be safe.  

Although it is very helpful to know the signs and symptoms of AIDS and HIV, it is a good idea to get yourself tested every now and again whether or not you are experiencing any of these.  This way, you can feel a lot more confident in your own health.  Plus, if you catch that you do have HIV even before any symptoms start, you will likely have an easier time dealing with the illness.  You will be able to get into treatment sooner than normal.
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