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What should you know about treating HIV symptoms?

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When your HIV isn’t under control, you can develop more severe symptoms, like a nagging cough that won't go away or sudden weight loss. That’s more likely to happen if you’re not on antiretroviral therapy (ART), medicines that fight the virus. It can also happen if you aren’t taking ART correctly, or the drugs don’t work for you. When HIV grows uncontrollably, the amount of virus in your blood goes up and hurts your immune system. It destroys cells called CD4s. Without enough of these, your body has a hard time fighting common infections and other health problems that it could normally handle easily. Call your doctor if you get new symptoms. Your doctor can get to the bottom of what’s wrong and find ways to help you feel better.

SOURCES:

Gary Sinclair, MD, HIV/AIDS specialist in Dallas.

Averting AIDS and HIV: “Symptoms and Stages of HIV Infection,” “Tuberculosis and HIV Co-infection.”

AIDS.gov: “Viral Load,” “HIV Lifecycle,” “Changing or Stopping Treatment.”

U.S Department of Veterans Affairs: “CD4 counts and infections,” “HIV Wasting Syndrome."

NAM AIDSMap: “Fact Sheet: Unintentional Weight Loss,” "Fact Sheet: Skin Problems,” “Cough.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Molluscum Contagiosum.”

The Mayo Clinic: “HIV/AIDS Symptoms.”

CDC: “Shingles (Herpes Zoster),” “Pneumocystis pneumonia.”

AIDS Education and Training Center Program: “Guide for HIV/AIDS Clinical Care: Fever,” “Guide for HIV/AIDS Clinical Care: Diarrhea.”

International Hyperhidrosis Society: “Night Sweats.”

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: “Mouth Problems and HIV.”

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on May 4, 2019

SOURCES:

Gary Sinclair, MD, HIV/AIDS specialist in Dallas.

Averting AIDS and HIV: “Symptoms and Stages of HIV Infection,” “Tuberculosis and HIV Co-infection.”

AIDS.gov: “Viral Load,” “HIV Lifecycle,” “Changing or Stopping Treatment.”

U.S Department of Veterans Affairs: “CD4 counts and infections,” “HIV Wasting Syndrome."

NAM AIDSMap: “Fact Sheet: Unintentional Weight Loss,” "Fact Sheet: Skin Problems,” “Cough.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Molluscum Contagiosum.”

The Mayo Clinic: “HIV/AIDS Symptoms.”

CDC: “Shingles (Herpes Zoster),” “Pneumocystis pneumonia.”

AIDS Education and Training Center Program: “Guide for HIV/AIDS Clinical Care: Fever,” “Guide for HIV/AIDS Clinical Care: Diarrhea.”

International Hyperhidrosis Society: “Night Sweats.”

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: “Mouth Problems and HIV.”

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on May 4, 2019

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