AIDS - Symptoms that should alert

July 2017

HIV, also known as the AIDS virus weakens the immune system and causes appearance (more or less quickly) of AIDS: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. The appearance of some manifestations should encourage to consult a doctor quickly to perform an HIV serology accompanied by a report.

Deterioration of the general condition

The appearance of a large persistent fatigue, sudden weight loss, many ganglions and diarrhea, are signs that should alert and encourage to consult a physician.

opportunistic infections

Opportunistic infections are a group of infectious diseases commonly found in people with compromised immune systems, whose weakened immune systems, such as people with HIV.
One (or more) of these infections can reveals HIV infection.

Dry cough with fever

A dry cough with difficulty breathing and fever may suggest tuberculosis or Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia.

Neurological abnormalities

The appearance of headache accompanied by fever, drowsiness, convulsions and other neurological abnormalities such as dizziness, paralysis, behavioral disorders, may suggest a neurological disorder such as cerebral toxoplasmosis

Sudden onset of blurred vision

The sudden onset of loss of visual field or a significant loss of vision may indicate cytomegalovirus retinitis.

Abdominal pain

Abdominal pain accompanied by diarrhea, fever and a deterioration of the general condition may suggest gastrointestinal cytomegalovirus infection.

Herpes or varicella

Herpes lesions, including genital herpes requiring medical attention.

Severe headache with vomiting

Headache with fever, vomiting and photophobia may suggest meningitis due to Cryptococcus.

Dermatological lesions

The appearance of purplish and painful nodules on the extremities or plaques on the face can evoke a Kaposi's sarcoma.

Unexplained fever

The occurrence of unexplained fever, drawling for several weeks accompanied by fatigue, weight loss and a change in the general state can evoke an opportunistic infection.


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Original article published by . Translated by Crashounette. Latest update on November 13, 2013 at 10:34 AM by Crashounette.
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