HIV / Aids

What are the clinical features of AIDS?

  • A drop in CD4 and T-cells and with progressive symptoms of HIV disease.
  • A drop in energy levels and unable to do work, exercise and chores due to severe malaise.
  • The development of various cancers, especially those caused by viruses such as Kaposi’s sarcoma and cervical cancers. Kaposi’s sarcoma in light-skinned people is round brown, reddish or purple spots that develop on the skin or in the mouth.  In dark-skinned clients the spots are more pigmented.
  • The development of cancers of the immune system known as lymphomas (more aggressive to treat in clients with AIDS).
  • Cervical cancer
  • Persistent coughing and shortness of breath
  • TB
  • Difficult and painful swallowing
  • Seizures and lack of coordination
  • Mental symptoms such as confusion and forgetfulness
  • Persistent fever
  • Severe and persistent diarrhea
  • Vision loss.
  • Nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and muscle cramps
  • Weight loss and extreme fatigue
  • Severe headaches
  • Coma