AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) is a disease caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). It attacks the immune system which weakens considerably, so much so that any innocuous infection can become fatal. AIDS is transmitted by blood transfusion, sexually, and from mother to baby. What are the symptoms of AIDS?
One to two months after infection of the body by HIV, 40 to 90% of people have symptoms that resemble those of the flu and called Syndrome Acute Retroviral (SRA). But sometimes, this virus has no symptoms for years and even decades after it enters the body. “During the early stages of infection, the body usually does not show any signs of HIV,” says Dr. Michael Horberg, director of the HIV / AIDS department at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Oakland, California.
There were approximately 36.7 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2016. Of these, 2.1 million were children (<15 years old).
RAS is often mistaken for influenza, mononucleosis or other viral infections such as syphilis or hepatitis. This is due to the similarity of symptoms such as muscle and joint pain, and swelling of the lymphatic glands. Lymph nodes, which are part of the immune system, tend to become inflamed in case of infection. They are usually in the armpits, groin and neck .
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