Introduction: HIV/AIDS


HIV/AIDS: HIV is a sexually transmitted virus and AIDS is the life-threatening immune failure that occurs late in the progression of HIV. AIDS was once in the top ten cause of death in the USA but has dropped out owing to better treatments and reduced transmission.

Very early stages of HIV just after infection resemble the flu or another viral infection. There then follows a latent stage (often years) with no symptoms, and then an early AIDS stage (also often years) with various symptoms, many of them non-specific and easy to misdiagnose. AIDS becomes much more characteristic in the latter stages of the disease where immune failure becomes almost total.

HIV/AIDS: Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is the result of an infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This virus attacks selected cells of the immune, nervous, and other systems impairing their proper function. 1

Researching symptoms of HIV/AIDS: Further information about the symptoms of HIV/AIDS is available including a list of symptoms of HIV/AIDS, other diseases that might have similar symptoms in differential diagnosis of HIV/AIDS, or alternatively return to research other symptoms in the symptom center.

Misdiagnosis and HIV/AIDS: Research more detailed information about misdiagnosis of HIV/AIDS, failure to diagnose HIV/AIDS, underlying causes of HIV/AIDS (possibly misdiagnosed), or research misdiagnosis of other diseases

Treatments for HIV/AIDS: Various information is available about treatments available for HIV/AIDS, prevention of HIV/AIDS, current research about HIV/AIDS treatments, or research treatments for other diseases.

Causes of HIV/AIDS: Research more detailed information about the causes of HIV/AIDS, other possibly hidden causes of HIV/AIDS, or other general information about HIV/AIDS.

Statistics and HIV/AIDS: Various sources and calculations are available in statistics about HIV/AIDS, prevalence and incidence statistics for HIV/AIDS, and you can also research other medical statistics in our statistics center.

         Contents for HIV/AIDS:

1. excerpt from NINDS Neurological Manifestations of AIDS Information Page: NINDS

Last revision: April 2, 2003

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