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Stages Of Advanced Hiv Disease

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

The Stages of HIV Disease

... HIV Is a Continuum Infection Primary Infection (or Acute Infection) Seroconversion The Asymptomatic Stage Early- and Medium-Stage HIV Symptomatic Disease Late-Stage HIV Disease (AIDS) HIV Is a Continuum Most of us are used to thinking of disease in very simple terms: if you feel sick, you are sick; if you feel healthy, you are healthy. However, because HIV may begin causing subtle changes in
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late stage

what are the symptoms for late stage of aids. If someone is in late stage what is the treatment and how long would they have to live?
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
...The symptoms that can occur with advanced HIV disease are varied and too numerous to list all of them here. Prominent symptoms can include weight loss, fatigue, fever, night sweats Read more »

Night Sweats causes and concerns

Just wandering at what stage does "Night Sweats" starts to hit an HIV infected person? Is it possible to get them within the first 6 months of possible HIV infection? For a HIV patient what causes night sweats to happen.. Please answer.
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
...Drenching night sweats are a complication of advanced HIV disease and usually indicate an as yet undiagnosed opportunistic infection. Any number of OIs can cause this, including MAC, CMV, PCP, Read more »


Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
...No -- both fat and skinny people can get HIV. In the most advanced stages of HIV disease, people do tend to lose some weight, but I wouldn't count on being pudgy to save you. If you've had risk behaviors, get tested. Read more »


Dr. Currier,Is Neuropathy consider an oppportunistic infection? If it's not what type of complication would it be classified at? Is it primarily seen during the late or early stages of HIV infection? Thanks
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
...some of the drugs used to treat HIV that are toxic to nerves, such as ddI, ddC, and d4T. It is typically seen in more advanced HIV disease. Read more »
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Releases Updated Clinical Guidelines for HIV-Associated Opportunistic Infections people who are unaware that they have HIV; in such cases, the opportunistic infection may be the first sign of late-stage HIV disease. HIV-associated opportunistic infections also tend to occur among Americans who are aware of their HIV... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Guidelines for Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents

...vaccination directly prevent pathogen-specific morbidity and mortality, they might also contribute to reduced rate of progression of HIV disease. For instance, randomized trials using trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX) have documented that... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

...status. Because they do not know they are infected, these individuals are unable to benefit from clinical care related to their HIV disease. In addition, some of these people may unknowingly be transmitting HIV to other people. The San Francisco... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

HIV and Kidney Disease

...Kidneys Dialysis and Kidney Transplantation The Bottom Line Why Should People With HIV Care About Kidney Disease? HIV disease can cause kidney failure due to HIV infection of kidney cells. This is known as HIV-Associated Nephropathy or... Read more »
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Anitbody question

Posted by needhelp02, 2 Replies
Would antibodies still be found in something that had been infected for over 8 years? I have read that sometimes people stop producing these antibodies after fighting for so long even though they may appear healthy. Read more »

is aids way worse than hiv

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
everything i read or at least the best news relates to hiv it says nothing about AIDS. Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...there. From an article posted on The Body: Shortly after getting infected with HIV, many patients have an acute (or "primary") HIV infection, a period of flu-like illness with symptoms like fever and malaise that could be caused by influenza or... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...T-cell counts of 1,000 or more.) In addition, the definition includes 26 clinical conditions that affect people with advanced HIV disease. Most of these conditions are opportunistic infections that generally do not affect healthy people. In... Read more »