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Known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome AIDS occurs after the immune system has been destroyed by the HIV virus.
HIV attacks the immune system by killing off al the white blood cells in the blood known as the T-Cells .These are the cells that signal the body’s defense system, telling them that there is a invasion of bacteria or viruses As a result the body produces anti-bodies which attack & destroy harmful bacteria & viruses. AIDS patients are exposed to infections & cancers & it is these infections & cancers which cause DEATH. HIV changes the structure of the cells it attacks.

What to look for

The following are common symptoms to look for-

-Unexplainable fatigue.
-Swollen lymph nodes.
-Fevers that lasts more than 10 days.
-Night sweats.
-Unexplained weight loss.
-Purplish or discolored lesions on skin that do not go away.
-Persistent, unexplained cough or sore throat.
-Shortness of breath.
-Persistent colds, diarrhoea, yeast infections
-Easy bruising or bleeding that cannot be explained.

If diagnosed with AIDS it should not be taken as a death sentence. With the proper care the AIDS patient may starve off the worst symptoms & live a productive life for many years.


Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is not a single disease in itself. Rather, a severely impaired immune system leaves the AIDS sufferer highly vulnerable to a whole host of infections & diseases. AIDS is thought to be caused by the human immune deficiency virus (HIV), which is spread through infected semen, vaginal fluids, & blood. Contrary to popular belief, AIDS is not a highly transmittable disease. The only way you can get it is to have unprotected vaginal, oral, or anal sex with an infected partner or to share infected blood through IV-drug use or transfusions. AIDS is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). By killing or damaging cells of the body's immune system, HIV progressively destroys the body's ability to fight infections and certain cancers.

Risk Groups

The huge hazard for AIDS are people who have sex without using condoms & babies born due to AIDS-infected mothers. Also at great risk are male & female drug users who likes to share needles, & people who receive blood transfusions or clotting factors between 1977 & 1985, prior to the establishment of standard AIDS screening of donated blood.

You don’t have to worry about catching AIDS if you live with someone who has it. HIV cannot be transmitted by toilet seats or objects handled by people who have AIDS.

When to seek further professional advice

If you have more than one of the symptoms listed in the description section of this condition or if you think you may have contracted the disease. Contact you nearest Doctor or Hospital.

The information contained in this Site/Service is not intended nor is it implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice or taken for medical diagnosis or treatment.

Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-17