In the early stages
of HIV infections, there may be a mild illness (acute HIV
infection) associated with:
- Generalised swelling of the lymph glands.
pass off, often unnoticed and the person may feel completely
well afterwards. Over the years, he begins to develop other signs
of chronic HIV infection such as:
generalised lymphadenopathy or PGL (a persistent swelling
of the lymph glands).
- AIDS related complex (ARC) which includes symptoms of
ill health such as fever, weight loss, severe tiredness and diarrhoea
Finally, when the
immune system is near collapse, the person develops full blown
AIDS which is characterised by the symptoms of the diseases to
which the person lacks resistance such as:Pneumonia (commonly
caused by pneumocystis carinii).Severe diarrhoea caused by unusual
organisms.Brain infections.Kaposis sarcoma, a rare skin cancer.