Do I Have AIDS? Signs and Symptoms of AIDS


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Becky Kuhn, M.D., describes the symptoms of AIDS. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the symptoms include:
* "rapid weight loss"
* "dry cough"
* "recurring fever or profuse night sweats"
* "profound and unexplained fatigue"
* "swollen lymph glands in the armpits, groin, or neck"
* "diarrhea that lasts for more than a week"
* "white spots or unusual blemishes on the tongue, in the mouth, or in the throat"
* "pneumonia"
* "red, brown, pink, or purplish blotches on or under the skin or inside the mouth, nose, or eyelids"
* "memory loss, depression, and other neurological disorders"

If you have one or more of these symptoms, does it necessarily mean you are infected with HIV or have developed AIDS? No. Many common diseases can cause one or more of these symptoms. For example, most people with a fever or sore throat are probably just experiencing common illnesses such as the cold, influenza, or mononucleosis. A person is only diagnosed if they are confirmed HIV+ and also either have a CD4 count under 200 or have an opportunistic infection that is indicative of a weakened immune system. So don't panic. But if you have any of these symptoms and think theres even the slightest chance you might ever have been exposed to HIV, you should see a doctor and ask to be tested for HIV. Remember, the CDC recommends that all adults be tested for HIV regardless of whether they believe they have any risk factors or exposure to HIV and regardless of whether they have any symptoms of HIV/AIDS. Get tested!

[Source: "How can I tell if I'm infected with HIV? What are the symptoms?" United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed 21 June 2008. Last updated 22 January 2007.] This video is freely downloadable from . Disabled accessibility: The transcript for this and many other videos can be downloaded from . [Do you want to help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS? Are you fluent in a language other than English? Then volunteer to translate this video into another language! Click to learn how you can help!!! © Copyright 2008-2011 Global Lifeworks. All rights reserved. This work is licensed to be used for non-commercial purposes under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit]




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  • There is no such thing as safe sex practices. You having sex is always a risk for getting a disease even if you wear a condom. It doesnt matter. Someone who has hiv or aids can spread the disease even if they wore a condom. if your having sex with lots of people and wearing a condom then there is still a good chance you will get a std because condoms dont protect againt stds they only protect better at pregnancy.

  • This is Eric; I'm not a doctor. To be clear: (1) There is no such thing as "safe sex." Having sex always carries risks whether you use a condom or now. (2) However, correctly using a condom every time you have sex every way you have sex greatly reduces (but does not eliminate) the risk of STD transmission. It reduces the risk of some STDs more than others.

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