How long after contracting HIV will one develop symptoms of AIDS?
#47845. Asked by goyanks193. (May 26 04 4:09 PM)
On average, it takes about 10 years to develop AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) after becoming infected with HIV. A blood test can detect HIV antibodies, which the body produces if it is infected with HIV, three months after you become infected. Without treatment, people who have HIV eventually become ill and can develop AIDS within five to 10 years. However, there are a small percentage of people who don't show any deterioration in their health even after 10 years. Currently, there is no vaccine or cure for HIV or AIDS. However, drug treatments are available that work against HIV. For the majority of people, these drugs can postpone and possibly prevent HIV-related illnesses and delay moving on to AIDS.|
Symptoms of HIV infection can include:
Extreme and constant tiredness
Fevers, chills and night sweats
Rapid weight loss for no known reason
Swollen lymph glands in the neck, underarm or groin area
White spots or unusual marks in the mouth
Skin marks or bumps, either raised or flat, usually painless and purplish
Continuous coughing or a dry cough
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