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How and why exactly do AIDS patients die?


Do you know why and how exactly do AIDS patients die? Find the facts related to death of AIDS patient.


Depending on how severe the infection at exposure is, patients usually develop symptoms at around 7 years after the entry of the virus.

Symptoms can be in the form of any single or multiple system involvement. Infection occurs which either does not respond to routine treatment because of resistant strains or, if it responds, it does so after a long time only to recur. Such repeated infections debilitate the body leading to death. The drugs too, often produce rare reactions in AIDS patients not commonly seen otherwise. Some of the commonly encountered symptoms in HIV positive patients would be as follows. 

RESPIRATORY GASTROINTESTINAL NERVOUS SKIN
       
Cough Persistent diarrhoea (by common and rare pathogens) Headache Xerosis (Dry Skin)
Breathlessness  Difficulty in swallowing or eating Altered Personality Purpuric Spots 
Rapid Breathing  Perianal discomfort Lethargy Hair loss/ Greying of hair
Blood stained cough   Dementia  
Effusions in Lung cavity   Convulsions Bacterial Viral infections
Fungal
    Meningitis  
    Visual Impairment  

[It is the causative organisms of these common symptoms, which are important in HIV positive].

There are a few conditions, which were extremely rare till now, the occurrence of which almost confirms AIDS and are called markers.

A few of these could be:

a) Recurrent/ widespread Herpes Zoster
b) Oesophageal Candidiasis
c) Kaposis Sarcoma in a young person
d) Oral Hairy Leucoplakia


Possible Treatments for AIDS

AIDS cannot be cured but there are certain medications that can help to treat the symptoms and complications caused due to HIV. There are some treatments available as well that can help to boost the immune system of the patient and reduce the intensity of complications that may develop. The factors like the readiness of patient, other health issues and the stage of the disease are considered by the doctor while planning the treatment.

There are various drugs available for treating the complications caused due to AIDS and HIV. But the progress of the health of the patient depends on taking the medicines the right way and as prescribed by the doctor. These drugs lessen and slowdown the spread of the HIV virus in the body of the patient. Some patients may also have to cope with the side-effects but with right intervention and management it is possible to deal with these side-effects easily.


What are the Side-Effects of the Treatment?

It is possible to deal with the side-effects of the treatment with the help of doctors. Some patients may have to deal with side-effects like:
  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Reduced or loss of appetite

  • Headache 

  • Fever

  • Rashes

  • Diarrhoea

  • Abdominal pain

  • Tiredness or fatigue

  • Respiratory problems
Other severe side-effects may include side-effects like peripheral neuropathy, pancreatitis, burning sensation, ache in hands, legs, feet, arms, rashes, excessive tiredness etc.


How to Prevent Acquiring AIDS?

Although, treatments are available for disorders like AIDS, it cannot be cured. Therefore, precautions must be taken to prevent such disorders. Here are some tips which can be followed to avoid acquiring AIDS.
  • Be faithful to your sex partner and have a faithful sex partner. Avoid methods of contraception that do not provide protection against sexually transmitted diseases and use only the ones like condom which provide maximum protection.

  • Stay away from intravenous drug abuse.

  • Avoid abnormal methods of sex like anal or oral sex.

  • Make sure you take blood from the donors who are thoroughly tested while taking blood transfusion.

  • Prefer safer alternatives to sex like masturbation, petting, mutual masturbation etc.

  • Make sure that your barber always uses a new blade while shaving or cutting your hair.

  • Ensure that your doctor uses new disposable needles and syringes every time while you take the shots.

  • In case of any doubts, contact your nearest AIDS counselling centre or any Government hospital.
It is necessary to note that not only a proper intercourse but also an incomplete intercourse with an infected person is risky as it can lead to infection. So, it is necessary to take preventive measures in order to avoid HIV infection.

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Meena.7 years ago
Name: doubht
Country: india
can aids transmit through saliva as mentioned? then we can't share the same utensils like glass/plate, right?

THIS IS WRONG. MY COUSIN HAS AIDS AND WE LIVE IN THE SAME HOUSE FOR THE LAST TEN OR SO YEARS. WE USE SAME GLASSES TO DRINK AND SAME PLATES TO EAT, NOBODY IN FAMILY GOT AIDS FROM HER!!


AIDS IS TRANSMITTED THROUGH BODY FLUIDS LIKE BLOOD AND SEMEN. NOT SALIVA!!
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Rio.7 years ago
Symptoms of aids vary in different people and it depends on the condition of the immune system of the infected person. An infected person looks normal and healthy initially. Healthy immune system can keep off aids infection.
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Alex.7 years ago
Being aware of the symptoms can help in treatment and cure of the disease. It also paves way for finding new cures for AIDS. Soon AIDS will be curable.
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Suyog.7 years ago
It was interesting reading the facts. The simple language used makes for easy understanding. Such well written articles can help in preventing AIDS.
 
 
 
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Poomina.11 years ago
i am an american educated person. but, i feel that some of the words to describe the illness and in the article in general were to big and difficult to understand. i do not have a medical background and i am sure alot of other people reading this article don't either. simple wording, in terms that are easy to understand, i feel would be better.

thank you.
 
 
 
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NONE.11 years ago
really nice article for the laymen to understand what this actually is and how does it work and affects us..
 
 
 
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ANONYMOUS.11 years ago
described very nicely about aids.
 
 
 
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kylina.11 years ago
i think aids is the worst disease i think it is fascinating to read and learn about i want to everything about aids that i can
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doubht.11 years ago
can aids transmit through saliva as mentioned?
then we can't share the same utensils like glass/plate, right?
 
 
 
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raj.11 years ago
dear members of the forum i am looking for your valuable advise pls.
i have recently tested hiv+ and luckly my wife has tested -ve.
with the advancement of medical technology it is now possible to have a baby for the mixed status couple without the other couple geting infected.
1)can any of you please advise if there is sperm washing technology available in hyderabad ?
2)can you pls let me know the address and the contact details of dr. roya rozati please.
3)can one you please suggest the best ivf -isci
clinic in hyderabad
any information would be very helpful
 
 
 
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