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Top 10 HIV Symptoms


Updated June 03, 2014

After being infected with HIV some people will show symptoms of the infection. What are HIV symptoms? What are the symptoms of HIV and AIDS?

1. Depression

Everyone has had days where they were feeling a little "blue". We all have been "down in the dumps" or felt "blah" But when these feelings last longer than a couple weeks you may be suffering from depression. How do you deal with HIV and depression?

2. Diarrhea

Diarrhea can be a life threatening problem if not treated correctly and rapidly. But what can you do about HIV-related diarrhea? This feature article will show you.

3. Thrush

We have all had morning mouth...that stale, pasty, bad tasting yuk that coats your mouth each morning. But never fear because with one good brushing, your mouth is as fresh as a daisy. But what if the bad taste and and white coating doesn't go away with a simple brushing? Then you may have the most common HIV opportunistic infection; the opportunistic infection known as thrush.

4. Weight Loss

Weight loss is a common HIV symptom. Unless you are actively trying to lose weight by exercising and watching what you eat, weight loss is a serious problem. This feature can help you address weight loss due to HIV.

5. Lipodystrophy

People infected with HIV are living longer and more productive lives. The reason is the introduction of HIV medication combinations into standard HIV care. But with the benefits of HIV medications also comes some unforeseen problems. One such problem is fat redistribution syndrome or lipodystrophy.

6. Lactic Acidosis

With all the benefits of HIV medications comes some potential serious side effects. One of the most serious is a condition known as lactic acidosis. This feature will tell you everything you need to know about this serious side effect of HIv medications.

7. Sinus Infections

Your head feels congested and full. The pressure behind your eyes makes it hard to concentrate. The pounding in your head and face is relentless. There's nothing like the pain of a sinus infection and sinus headache. Sinusitis (sinus infection) is a common problem for people living with HIV. Here is some help for those dealing with this uncomfortable condition.

8. Fatigue

Fatigue can be a common problem for those living with HIV. Increase your energy level by first identifying the cause of your fatigue. This feature will help you do just that.

9. Nausea / Vomiting

Nausea is not only aggravating and can make you feel sick, when associated with vomiting it can be dangerous. People living with HIV are often troubled by nausea; either because of their HIV medications or because of some opportunistic infection. This feature will help you deal with this sickening symptom.

10. Burning and Tingling of the Feet and Hands

It's probably the most common cause of pain for people living with HIV. The burning and tingling of peripheral neuropathy can make a person feel miserable. Why do HIV-infected people have peripheral neuropathy and what can be done to ease the symptoms? This feature will help answer those questions.

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