Do you know why and
how exactly do AIDS patients die? Find the facts related to death of AIDS
Depending on how
severe the infection at exposure is, patients usually develop symptoms at around
7 years after the entry of the
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
[It is the causative organisms of these common
symptoms, which are important in HIV positive].
| || || || |
|Cough ||Persistent diarrhoea (by common and rare
pathogens) ||Headache ||Xerosis (Dry Skin) |
||Difficulty in swallowing or
Breathing ||Perianal discomfort
||Hair loss/ Greying of hair
|Blood stained cough
|Effusions in Lung cavity
||Bacterial Viral infections |
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
a) Recurrent/ widespread Herpes
b) Oesophageal Candidiasis
c) Kaposis Sarcoma in a
d) Oral Hairy
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
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:
- Reduced or loss of
- 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
- 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.