First stage of HIV infection

Although HIV is the virus that causes AIDS, there is a difference between being infected with HIV and having AIDS. A person can have HIV without having AIDS, but can not have AIDS without HIV. There are five stages of infection with HIV, most recently AIDS.

Window period
The first stage of HIV infection is called “period window “. It is a period when the infected person can not be sick and can not leave positive tests, but have a high viral load and highly infectious.

Difference between HIV and AIDS

Seroconversion
Seroconversion is the second stage of HIV infection and is another period when the infected person is highly infectious. Seroconversion is during the body develops antibodies to HIV that can be detected on tests. Several symptoms of infection also occur, including fever, rash, fatigue and neurological symptoms. Continue reading “First stage of HIV infection”

Effects of HIV and AIDS on women

There are very few symptoms of HIV infection that occur in women but not in men. However, there are some differences in the degree of severity in which these symptoms occur. While men may have more problems with certain aspects of HIV infection, women often experience many of these symptoms more severely. More than 43 percent of people with HIV are women, a percentage that has increased steadily since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s.

Effects of HIV

Acute Infection
Some individuals who have been infected with HIV have no symptoms in the months after infection, while others may experience flu-like symptoms, which are easier to ignore than other diseases. These flu symptoms usually include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness and body aches, women who experience these symptoms may experience symptoms more acutely than their male . During acute HIV infection, women also can notice changes in their menstrual cycles, whether a start too early or late, or not having one or more of their cycles. Continue reading “Effects of HIV and AIDS on women”

Difference between HIV and AIDS

Although HIV is the virus that causes AIDS, there is a difference between being infected with HIV and having AIDS. A person can have HIV without having AIDS, but can not have AIDS without HIV. There are five stages of HIV infection, the latest AIDS.

HIV and AIDS

Window Period
The first stage of HIV infection is called the “window period.” It is a period when the infected person can not be sick and can not leave positive tests, but will have a high viral load and highly infectious. Continue reading “Difference between HIV and AIDS”