You all have heard about AIDS. It is just as serious disease as cancer, if not the most serious of all the diseases we know. It was a disease that caused a lot of damage during the 1970s.
AIDS is a disease that must be mistrusted, for the simple reason that it is an incurable disease. There is no officially recognized medicine to this day that can permanently cure AIDS. Find out in this article all the details about this serious illness.
How can we contract AIDS?
AIDS or Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome is the result, if not the last stage of the infection caused by the human immunodeficiency virus, commonly known as HIV. As the name suggests, this virus attacks the immunity of infected people, and then kills them by slow fire.
HIV can be contracted in 3 ways. The first is through intercourse. In unprotected intercourse, if one partner has HIV, it can pass it on to the other partner. This is the reason why it is advisable to use condoms during intercourse outside marriage.
The second way of contracting the AIDS virus is blood transmission. It occurs with sharp objects, knives, blades, needles, etc. If a person with AIDS is injured with an object, the virus therefore arises on this object. Therefore, any person who injures himself with this object or puts it in contact with an open wound on his body, also contracts the virus.
The third and last means by which one can contract the AIDS virus is transmission during pregnancy. A pregnant woman with AIDS can transmit the virus to her child through the umbilical cord. However, nowadays there are medical means that preserve the health of the child even if the mother is infected.
Here are the 6 symptoms that require AIDS screening tests:
1. Chronic fever
One of the first symptoms of AIDS is constant fever. It is an inflammatory reaction to the penetration of the virus into the bloodstream. After contraction of HIV, fever can become a recurring problem. It may be weak but difficult to treat. Taking medication may sometimes not produce an effect.
2. A sore throat
In case of HIV infection, this can be manifested by sore throat. The immune system being compromised, the body responds to this new infection by causing sore throat.
As a result of HIV infection, inflamed lymphatic diseases and rheumatism may occur. These diseases affect the muscles as well as the joints, thus causing inflammation. This causes other complications such as arthritis, fibromyalgia or even vascularity.
4. An incessant cough
As you know, coughing is a reaction of the body to bacterial infections. As a result, coughing can be an early symptom of HIV. This is usually a dry and persistent cough.
5. Lymph nodes
In general, people with HIV suffer from inflammation in the lymph nodes. Thus, swollen lymph nodes also represent an early symptom of AIDS. They are most frequent in the elbows, armpits and the groin area.
6. Sudden weight loss
HIV infection can also be manifested as weight loss. Once the virus is contracted, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea can recur. This causes weight loss.
In addition to these symptoms, AIDS can also manifest as terrible headaches, chronic fatigue as well as wound infections. However, it should be remembered that these symptoms do not systematically indicate that a person has AIDS. Only blood testing can prove that a person has AIDS.