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World AIDS Day 2021: 7 Signs of HIV/AIDS You Should Know About

Dr. Imran Taqi

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World AIDS Day is observed every year on the 1st of December to spread awareness regarding AIDS short for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, a life-threatening condition. It is important to know about the early signs and symptoms of AIDS so the condition can be managed in a timely way. Keep reading to know about them!

What is AIDS?

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is the 3rd and most severe stage of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). HIV is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus.

HIV can be caused by coming into contact with infected semen, blood, or vaginal fluids. It is commonly transmitted through the use of drug needles or having unprotected sex with a person having HIV.

AIDS is characterized by an extremely weak immune system and as a result, people affected with AIDS are susceptible to a host of illnesses called opportunistic infections (OIs). These include:

  • Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Pneumonia
  • Wasting syndrome or unwanted weight loss
  • Cervical cancer (in women)
  • AIDS-Related Lymphoma.

In 2020 alone, AIDS claimed around 680,000 lives worldwide! If someone is affected with HIV, it is imperative that he/she gets treatment for it so that the HIV infection doesn’t progress to the later stages. So you must be aware of the early symptoms of HIV.

7 Early Symptoms of HIV

Following are the 7 early symptoms of HIV:

  1. Headaches
  2. A red rash
  3. Sore throat
  4. Fatigue
  5. Fever
  6. Muscle aches
  7. Swollen lymph nodes

7 Symptoms of AIDS – 3rd Stage of HIV

Ignoring the illness will weaken the person’s immune system and hence the infection will progress to the 3rd stage, i.e, AIDS. The symptoms of AIDS include:

  1. Tiredeness
  2. Night sweats
  3. Unexplained weight loss
  4. Diarrhea
  5. Long lasting fever
  6. Unexplained bruises or bleeding
  7. Shortness of breath


If you notice any HIV/AIDS symptoms consult your doctor immediately to get an HIV test. You can use oladoc to book your appointments with the best internal medicine specialists in Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, and other cities without any extra charges.

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.

Dr. Imran Taqi - Author Dr. Imran Taqi is a highly qualified Internal Medicine Specialist with a number of certifications including MBBS and FCPS (Medicine) as well as 16 years of experience in his field and He is also a highly skilled General Physician. Dr. Imran Taqi offers a number of different services and treatments such as Corona-Virus Treatment. He is also very efficient so his patients rarely have to wait Under 15 Min for a consultation. These patients were particularly impressed by the doctor checkup, staff behaviour and clinic environment.
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