AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, a condition that develops over time as a result of infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). After the HIV virus infects a human, there may be a brief flu-like illness, but typical symptoms and signs do not develop for years. The virus that causes AIDS, HIV, usually spreads through sexual contact or sharing IV drug needles, but contact with infected blood can also infect someone.
Signs and symptoms of AIDS can include
- chronic diarrhea,
- dry cough,
- memory loss,
- depression and neurological disorders,
- breathing problems,
- rapid weight loss,
- recurring fever, and
- profuse night sweats.
Other associated symptoms and signs can include
- brown, pink or purplish blotches on or under the skin or inside the mouth, nose, or eyelids;
- swollen lymph nodes in the armpits, groin, or neck; and
- white spots or unusual blemishes on the tongue, in the mouth, or in the throat.
Cause of AIDS
Infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) causes AIDS over time.
Other acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids) symptoms
- Breathing Problems
- Brown Pink or Purplish Blotches on or Under the Skin or Inside the Mouth, Nose, or Eyelids
- Chronic Diarrhea
- Depression and Neurological Disorders
- Dry Cough
- Memory Loss
- Profuse Night Sweats
- Rapid Weight Loss
- Recurring Fever
- Swollen Lymph Nodes in the Armpits, Groin, or Neck
- White Spots or Unusual Blemishes on the Tongue, in the Mouth, or in the Throat
Main Article on Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Symptoms
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