What are the symptoms or side effects of AIDS?

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Strictly speaking, AIDS is not an illness and therefore does not have specific side effects / symptoms - it is a syndrome (a collection of symptoms / illnesses) caused by severe, or late stage, HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infection.
The range of symptoms experienced by a person who is diagnosed with AIDS can vary from none at all (they simply have a weakened immune system that leaves them vulnerable to a host of opportunistic infections) to depression and any of the symptoms associated with the more than twenty AIDS-defining illnesses. See "What is AIDS?" for a full list of AIDS-defining illnesses.
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