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Facts You Must Know About HIV AIDS

Apr 4, 2008
How was it possible that HIV AIDS became such a severe problem? Are the economical implications higher for this one than they are for other types of diseases? What are the resemblances between HIV AIDS and other outbreak of infectious diseases? Is it possible that the scientists and the specialists can find a way to stop this calamity, which is slowly eating us, alive?

Right now these questions are still unanswered by the specialists and may remain such for quite sometime. What we can do as laymen is to get all the information we can gather about this disease for better understanding of its devastating effects and improving our preparedness for any eventuality.

It is of utmost importance for everyone to be ready and be kept well-informed so we can avoid this fatal disease from taking our future and life prematurely.

There are four stages of HIV infection. From two to six weeks after being exposed to the HIV virus, the person can show symptoms akin to flu, such as muscle aches, sore throat, fever, headache, changed mental state, mild to extreme fatigue, among others. As such, those afflicted have a tendency to ignore the symptoms. At times, the signs do not show at all. To accurately diagnose the symptoms, particular tests have to be done.

The second phase is where the virus begins to multiply. This phase progress slowly and could last for a number of years. The infected person will not show any physical symptoms of the infection, but their mental and emotional state could get a beating. Those who do not know they are infected will not feel any indications of the infection.

The third stage of this awful disease is called Aids Related Complex, also known as ARC. During this period, things and general state change for the infected individual. The symptoms they experience are pretty much the same, if not identical with acute infection. The worst part is that the symptoms do not disappear this time. They persist and they make their presence known, so the infected person experiences them at another level.

The fourth phase of the illness is described and called the AIDS phase. The AIDS as a disease is named like that now when typical other affections appear in an HIV infected body. They are called opportunist infections. This type of affections is quite harmless for a patient with a healthy immune system. However, the weak and almost destroyed immune system of an HIV infected patient cannot handle and will not be able to protect itself against regular pathogenic agents.

There has been a theory developed lately, according to which not all HIV infected patients develop the disease, but the theory still waits to be confirmed. To cure the disease is no longer possible at this stage. After stage three and four, the evolution of the disease can be slowed down with the help of medication, but that is only valid until the immune system is still active. The total destruction of the immune system will lead to the decease of that individual.
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