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Disease Management Center

Diseases are an inevitable part of our lives. At some point or the other, each of us experiences some disease or the other, making us realize that in spite of so much of scientific research and technological advancement, mankind is yet nowhere close to emerging victorious over morbidity and mortality. Every time that he invents a new medicine, vaccine, or procedure to cure the existing diseases, newer ones keep cropping up. We are left blaming our genes, altered immunity, microorganisms, and the environment. The intelligent few have therefore realized that prevention certainly makes more sense than a cure. In fact, the indiscriminate use of medicines has given rise to a new range of diseases called iatrogenic diseases. Under these circumstances, the value of imparting information responsibly should not be underplayed. You will find specific information about various diseases, their causes, manifestations, and the treatment options available currently.

 
 
 
 


HIV symptoms appear after 3-4 years

HIV symptoms appear after 3-4 years

What are the symptoms of AIDS? How long after a person's exposure to HIV do the symptoms first appear? Naz India: The progression from getting infected with HIV to reaching the AIDS stage takes years. An HIV infected person goes through different stages of infection.
In the first few years (three to four years), there are no symptoms or infections and is known as 'asymptomatic phase'. Gradually, symptoms like recurring low-grade fever and diarrhoea, swelling in the lymph nodes, unexplained weight loss and skin infections start showing up (five to six years after infection). This phase is known as 'symptomatic phase'. These symptoms should always be considered with caution since there are many other infections, which may show similar symptoms. It is after many years (eight to 10 years after infection) that opportunistic infections such as tuberculosis, kaposi sarcoma (skin cancer), oral thrush, meningitis etc start setting in, eventually leading to AIDS.

The progression from HIV to AIDS varies from person to person depending upon their state of immune system at the time of infection, management of HIV after infection which includes intake of a nutritious diet, positive thinking, exercises, prompt treatment for any infection (includ ing opportunistic infections) and in general a healthy lifestyle.
I was diagnosed with HIV two years ago and have had no symptoms so far. How long will I stay healthy? dr Chinkholal Thangsing: Since many factors impact the way HIV progresses in an individual, it is impossible to predict how long a person will stay healthy after getting infected. Some of the things that impact the health of an HIV positive person are how soon after infection was the diagnosis made, how good the immunity and nutritional status of the infected person is, what opportunistic infections develop, and whether or not the virus that infects the person has become drug-resistant. A healthy lifestyle – including eating nutritious food, exercising, stopping tobacco use and practising safer sex – helps an HIV positive person stay healthy longer.

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