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What are symptoms of the third stage of HIV, or AIDS?

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If you didn't know you were infected with HIV earlier, you may realize it after you have some of these symptoms:

AIDS is the advanced stage of HIV infection. This is usually when your CD4 T-cell number drops below 200.  You can get what doctors call an AIDS defining illness like Kaposi's sarcoma (a form of skin cancer) or pneumocystis pneumonia (a lung disease).

  • Being tired all of the time
  • Swollen lymph nodes in your neck or groin
  • Fever that lasts for more than 10 days
  • Night sweats
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Purplish spots on your skin that don't go away
  • Shortness of breath
  • Severe, long-lasting diarrhea
  • Yeast infections in your mouth, throat, or vagina
  • Bruises or bleeding you can't explain

From: Symptoms and Stages of HIV WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

World Health Organization: "HIV Infection."

CDC: "HIV/AIDS."

AIDS.gov: "Stage of HIV Infection."

UNAIDS.

Betts, R. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, fifth edition, 2005. A Practical Approach to Infectious Diseases,

Heymann, D. 18th edition. Control of Communicable Diseases Manual,

American Public Health Association, Washington, D.C., 2004.

Lashley, F. , Springer Publishing, 2004. Emerging Infectious Diseases: Trends and Issues

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on May 06, 2019

SOURCES:

World Health Organization: "HIV Infection."

CDC: "HIV/AIDS."

AIDS.gov: "Stage of HIV Infection."

UNAIDS.

Betts, R. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, fifth edition, 2005. A Practical Approach to Infectious Diseases,

Heymann, D. 18th edition. Control of Communicable Diseases Manual,

American Public Health Association, Washington, D.C., 2004.

Lashley, F. , Springer Publishing, 2004. Emerging Infectious Diseases: Trends and Issues

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on May 06, 2019

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