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By July 7, 2010 - 2:39pm
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hi i am fahad masood i have aids and thinks i gave to a few girls, i thought it was contracted from the girls but found out it was actually me who had it,
what are the symptoms and cures please

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Hi Fahad -
How do you know that you have AIDS - has this been confirmed by a medical test? Do you have AIDS or do you have HIV? Are you under the care of a healthcare professional? What do you mean by you "think" you gave it to a few girls? Are you letting your sexual partners know about your condition so they can protect their health too?

Since you mentioned both HIV and AIDS in your question I'm going to first explain what they are. It's important to know which one you have in order to address this.

HIV is a virus that attacks white blood cells called helper T cells (CD4). These cells are part of the immune system. They fight off infections and disease. As a result, an HIV infection can leave you vulnerable to severe illnesses.

AIDS is a late stage of HIV. It reflects severe damage to the immune system.

HIV may not cause symptoms for a number of years.
Early symptoms may appear a month or two after becoming infected. They may last a couple of weeks. These include:

* Rapid weight loss
* Dry cough
* Sore throat
* Recurring fever
* Night sweats
* Extreme, unexplained fatigue
* Swollen lymph nodes in armpits, neck, or groin
* White spots on the tongue or in the mouth or throat
* Headache
* Discomfort from light
* Rash
* Depression
* Irritable mood
* Memory loss or other neurological disorder

After these initial symptoms pass, there may be no symptoms for months to years. Then, the following symptoms may occur over the course of 1 to 3 years:

* Swollen lymph glands all over the body
* Fungal infections of the mouth, fingernails, toes
* Repeated vaginal infections ( yeast and Trichomonas ) for women
* Development of lots of warts
* Exacerbations of prior conditions, such as eczema , psoriasis , herpes infection
* Shingles
* Night sweats
* Weight loss
* Chronic diarrhea

It can be 10 years or more before HIV progresses to AIDS. This happens when T helper cell levels fall below certain levels and opportunistic infections arise. Examples of opportunistic infections and other complications of AIDS include:

* Thrush (an overgrowth of yeast)
* Pneumonia (particularly Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia)
* Invasive fungal infections (resulting in brain and/or lung infections)
* Toxoplasmosis infection
* Tuberculosis
* Viral brain infection
* Kaposi's sarcoma
* Lymphoma
* Cervical cancer (for women)
* Eye disease due to cytomegalovirus infection
* Intestinal infections, especially due to shigella, salmonella , and campylobacter
* Severe weight loss (wasting syndrome)
* Severe skin rashes
* Reactions to medications
* Psychiatric problems, including depression and dementia

There are multiple treatments for both AIDS and HIV. You can learn more about them at this page:

You've been given a lot of information to think about, and will likely have more questions. We look forward to hearing back from you.
Take care,

July 7, 2010 - 5:50pm
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