Condition: AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)

Use these Health Check-up tools to learn more

How are people coping?

Who else is affected?

Members in the community range from 2 to 32 years old

See them

How are you feeling?

You're one of the first to share your symptoms. Thanks for making a difference

Tell us

About AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)

AIDS is an infectious disorder that suppresses the normal function of the immune system. It is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which destroys the body's ability to fight infections. Specific cells of the immune system that are responsible for the proper response to infections (T cells) are destroyed by this virus. Characteristically a person infected with HIV initially experiences no symptoms for a variable period of time. This may be followed by the development of persistent generalized swelling of the lymph nodes (AIDS-related lymphadenopathy). Eventually most patients infected with HIV experience a syndrome of symptoms that includes excessive fatigue, weight loss, and/or skin rashes.

The later stages of HIV infection are characterized by the progressive depression of T cells and repeated infections that can even occur during a course of antibiotic therapy for another infection (superinfections). People with AIDS are particularly vulnerable to "opportunistic infections" from bacteria that other people normally fight off. Pneumocystis carinii, which causes severe inflammation of the lungs (pneumonia), is a common infection that effects people with AIDS. Cancers (malignant neoplasms), and a wide variety of neurological abnormalities, most notably the AIDS dementia complex, may also occur. These neurological symptoms when of HIV infects the nervous system.

Most effective AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) treatments reported by our membersLogin to add your rating >

  • How effective?
    How common?
    Description
  • No treatments have been listed

Most severe AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) symptoms reported by our membersLogin to add your rating >

Connect with people like you when you join!

People near you with AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)

Treatment Symptom Age Gender

Read what others are saying about AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)

There are no comments yet. Be the first
There are no comments yet. Be the first

Join the conversation

You must be a member to join the conversation.

Join now for FREE to learn and share about your condition with other members

See questions people are asking. Or ask your own

There are no topics for this condition yet
advertisement
V2012.311.925.327
Last updated on May 24 2018 at 08:00
Disclaimer: The list and ratings above are for informational purposes only, and is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. The goal of the information is to provide you with a comprehensive view of all available treatments, but should not be construed to indicate that use of any one treatment is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Decisions about use of a new treatment, or about a change in your current treatment plan, should be in consultation with your doctor or other healthcare professional.