What are the symptoms and cure for the diesease AIDS?

Asked by Adithya Vasudeva | 27th Feb, 2012, 09:31: PM

Expert Answer:

AIDS is the later stage of HIV infection, when the body begins losing its ability to fight infections.

The symptoms of AIDS are primarily the result of infections that do not normally develop in individuals with healthy immune systems. These are called opportunistic infections. People with AIDS have had their immune system damaged by HIV and are very susceptible to these opportunistic infections. Common symptoms are:

  • Chills
  • Fevers
  • Sweats (particularly at night)
  • Swollen lymph glands
  • Weakness
  • Weight loss

There is no cure for AIDS at this time. However, a variety of treatments are available that can help keep symptoms at bay and improve the quality of life for those who have already developed symptoms. Antiretroviral therapy suppresses the replication of the HIV virus in the body. A combination of several antiretroviral drugs, called highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), has been very effective in reducing the number of HIV particles in the bloodstream. HAART is not a cure for HIV, but it has been very effective for the past 12 years. HIV becomes resistant to HAART, other drug combinations must be used to try to suppress the resistant strain of HIV. There are a variety of new drugs on the market for treating drug-resistant HIV.

Answered by  | 28th Feb, 2012, 09:15: AM

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