Also known as acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, AIDS was a condition placed under the spotlight in the early ‘80s, as celebrities and sport athletes alike rallied around the cause to increase awareness, and raise money for research. As history states, the disease stemmed from Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, when the illness crossed to humans from chimpanzees. While there were cases reported in the late ‘70s, by 1980 AIDS had crossed over five continents, and infected between 100,000 to 300,000 individuals. It was clearly, and quickly become a global epidemic.
While initially people viewed AIDS as a disease that could only be transmitted amongst gay males, thanks to fundraising and research, the public now knows all to well that this illness can affect anyone. Initially, an individual will contract human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), eventually turning into the AIDS virus.
HIV, also known as the early stage of HIV, is the first stage of AIDS, and it begins to go after an individual’s immune symptom, leaving a person helpless when it comes to fighting off illnesses or infection-related cancers. It then progresses to the clinical latency stage, or sometimes referred to as chronic HIV infection, with AIDS being the final stage of the virus; leaving one weak, frail, and susceptible to illness and life-threatening diseases.
As there is no cure for HIV/AIDS, once someone contracts the illness, they must live with it for the rest of their lives. The good news is, with treatments, medicine, and a healthy lifestyle, HIV/AIDS is no longer the death sentence diagnosis it used to be. The key is detecting the illness early enough, to be able to keep it at bay; and keep your immune system going strong, so that it stays within the initial stages of HIV, and does not progress.
Below are the top ten signs and symptoms of AIDS.
As HIV/AIDS attacks one’s immune system, making them more susceptible to viruses, one of the first key signs of this disease is a fever, that simply will not go away. More often than not, when babies, children, or even adults get a fever, their immune system is able to attack the virus to help lower their temperature. Should you experience a fever for more than ten days, it is strongly recommended to visit your doctor immediately. Not all fevers will result in this illness, but not being able to shake a fever is never a good sign for anyone.