Anonymous asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsOther - Diseases · 2 decades ago

What are sympyoms of having HIV/AIDS?

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  • 2 decades ago
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    well, i'm sure there are a TON of sites out there that could answer ur question...but here's a little summary:

    let's start with the mouth (am a dentist ;) it's usually the 1st place systemic diseases, such as AIDS, show their earliest signs!):

    1) acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis/periodontitis (ANUG/ANUP)

    basically, ANUG is a severe inflammation of the gingiva, or the gums...some of the symptoms are burning on eating &/or drinking, spontaneous bleeding & a metallic taste in the mouth (due to the bleeding)...the gingiva is usually fiery red in color at the part nearest the teeth & the rest covered with a grayish-white membrane which usually gets wiped/washed off by eating or drinking & in turn leaves the sensitive gingival fibers underneath naked...that's why it burns & bleeds so much...if left untreated, teeth become mobile, as the gingiva starts losing its attachment & so u end up with "longer" looking teeth as roots become exposed

    2) candidiasis (thrush)

    a superficial fungal infection which affects the tongue, cheeks, corners of the lip...u name it!...thrush looks very similar to milk curds & is easily scraped off the places it's on...characteristic to HIV/AIDS is hairy leukoplakia...a more severe form of oral thrush

    3) acute herpetic gingivostomatitis & recurrent herpetic infections (cold sores)

    these start off as fluid-filled, bubble-like sacs that are pinpoint sized which later rupture & leave ulcers in the mouth, or crusts around the lips...

    4) aphthous ulcers (canker sores)

    5) Kaposi's sarcoma (a cancer)

    a classic, but later sign of AIDS...these are flat, purplish lesions on the palate (roof of the mouth), but can also be found on other parts of the body

    as for the rest of the body:

    1) diarrhea

    2) pneumonia

    3) anemia -- shortness of breath, black outs, weakness, pale-looking skin

    4) thrombocytopenia (decrease in platelets) -- when u accidentally cut yourself bleeding takes a while to stop

    5) generalized lymphadenopathy (enlarged lymph nodes) -- usually of the neck & a very early sign as well

    now all of the above are infections or caused by infection...including the cancer (caused by herpes virus) & the biggest reason is because AIDS patients have VERY low white blood cell counts (since white blood cells are extra-important for immunity) making them very vulnerable to attack by just about any infection out there...

    for more info on AIDS/HIV check out:

    the merck manual (very detailed)


  • Anonymous
    4 years ago


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    4 years ago

    Signs Of Having Aids

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    Aids Symptoms In Mouth

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  • 1 decade ago

    Here is a basic list of symptoms, provided by the CDC:

    * rapid weight loss

    * dry cough

    * recurring fever or profuse night sweats

    * profound and unexplained fatigue

    * swollen lymph glands in the armpits, groin, or


    * diarrhea that lasts for more than a week

    * white spots or unusual blemishes on the

    tongue, in the mouth, or in the throat

    * pneumonia

    * red, brown, pink, or purplish blotches on or

    under the skin or inside the mouth, nose, or


    * memory loss, depression, and other

    neurological disorders

    The site emphasizes that these symptoms can occur with other conditions, and the only way to know if you are infected is to get tested.

    Source(s): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
  • 5 years ago

    This Site Might Help You.


    What are sympyoms of having HIV/AIDS?

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  • 5 years ago

    This book is probably the most informative and practical guide on the subject of acid reflux and heartburn that I have ever read

    I was prescribed Lansoprazole which was brilliant but after two years of aching joints, extreme muscle pain which the doc gave me cortisone jags for, with some research I discovered the drug Lansoprazole was causing these rare side effects but it was I who diagnosed it NOT my doctor, I came off the drug 2 months ago, changed my diet and discovered just eating an apple stops any acid reflux, I eat an apple before bed, brilliant no acid, any time I feel the slightest sign of reflux I simply eat an apple. Apple juice is not that good nor is anything else I have tried including honey at stopping reflux.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    nope her rep said it was just a rumor

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