Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a disease caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). It is spread through sexual contact with an HIV-infected person, contaminated needles and blood. A woman with HIV/AIDS can infect her baby during pregnancy, at childbirth or through her breast milk.
Signs & symptoms
Many people, after contracting HIV, may have no symptoms for years, and can take up to 10 years to develop AIDS, the end stage of HIV infection. Some symptoms that may be experienced include:
- Weight loss
- Prolonged fever
- Night sweats
- Skin rash
- Persistent diarrhoea
- Lowered resistance to infections
Over time, the virus attacks the body's immune system, causing AIDS sufferers to be susceptible to all kinds of infections, which can be life-threatening. It also increases the severity of some common diseases and conditions as well as the risk of getting some cancers.
There is no cure for HIV/AIDS. It is a fatal disease, and the person with AIDS usually dies between one-and-a- half to three years after developing AIDS, usually from infection or cancer. However, treatment can delay the progression of the disease.
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