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One symptom that is pronounced at the latest stage of AIDS is that the patient will experience tremendous loss of weight. They will become so thin that their skin covers their bones, no muscles. In a way, they will look just like a living ghost in their last days. their lymph glands become swollen.
* Rapid, unexplained, weight loss * Dry cough * Recurring fever or profuse night sweats * Profound and unexplained fatigue * Swollen lymph glands in the armpits, groin or neck * Diarrhea that lasts more than a week * White spots or unusual blemishes * Swollen lymph glands in the armpits, groin or neck * Memory loss, depression and other neurological disorders * Red, brown, pink or purplish blotches on or under the skin.
Sneezing or a stuffy nose are the most common symptoms.
AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is a diagnosis given to someone who is HIV+ when they meet certain clinical criteria.

There are a combination of factors taken into account before issuing an AIDS diagnosis. Most commonly, when an HIV+ person's CD4 count reaches less than 200 copies per µL of blood, an AIDS diagnosis will be issued.

People with advanced HIV infection are at risk for developing infections that are not found in those with normal functioning immune systems. These infections are commonly referred to as "opportunistic infections." If someone is HIV+ and there cd4 count is above 200, but they have developed an opportunistic infection, it is considered an "AIDS defining" illness.
People with AIDS can have any of the following:
  • Fever that lasts longer than one month
  • Weight loss
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Diarrhoea for longer than one month
  • Swollen lymph glands
  • Unclear thinking
  • No sense of balance

If any of the above symptoms occur it's extremely important to see your doctor and be tested for AIDS (blood test.) The sooner one is diagnosed the sooner treatment can begin.
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