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what are the symptoms if i had aids?

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Dr. David Rosenthal
Allergy and Immunology 21 years experience
HIV Symtoms: Acute HIV (newly acquired hiv) the symptoms can be like a virus or cold, including: decreased appetite, tiredness, fever, headache, weakness, muscle stiffness/aching, rash, sore throat, swollen glands, and oral ulcers. Symptoms typically occur within 7-28 days after exposure (through unprotected sex, needle sharing most commonly). Hiv can become aids over time. When in doubt, get a HIV test!
Dr. Steven Fine
Infectious Disease 31 years experience
Maybe none: You may have no symptoms at all with aids. Get tested!
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Many: Aids is a virus that attacks the immune protection system of the body. Aids victims can get more infections, especially uncommon ones including an unusual one called kaposis sarcoma. They are weakened, frequently lose weight, and when untreated almost any part of the body is at risk. Current therapy can now attenuate this problem and in the 1st world it is now a chronic, not deadly illness.
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Loss of immunity...: Aids results from infection with hiv, and symptoms of aids are related to decreased immune system function. Some symptoms include infections (like oral thrush and pneumonia) as well as unwanted weight loss. Some people with untreated HIV can present with aids defining illnesses that are malignancies such as kaposis sarcoma and lymphoma. Every patient is unique.
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
AIDS symptoms: AIDS is a dangerous disease, because after the initial infection with HIV-1, there can be few to no symptoms until the infection progresses. It works by damaging the immune system, increasing the risk of common infections like tuberculosis, and opening the door to opportunistic infections such as toxoplasmosis, cryptococcosis, PCP, bacterial infections, and a host of others. Cancers too can arise
Dr. Julan Crane
Pediatrics 25 years experience
AIDS: Depends on how long someone has been infected but could be like flu symptoms. It is recommended to have an HIV blood test done if you are sexually active.

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