Essentials of Diagnosis:
Risk factors: sexual contact with an infected person, parenteral exposure to infected blood by transfusion or needle sharing, perinatal exposure.
Prominent systemic complaints such as sweats, diarrhea, weight loss, and wasting.
Opportunistic infections due to diminished cellular immunity-often life-threatening.
Aggressive cancers, particularly non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Neurologic manifestations, including dementia, aseptic meningitis, and neuropathy.
Are HIV and AIDS the same thing?
Can HIV live outside of the body?
Which activities are most likely to transmit HIV?
Can you get HIV from oral sex?
How common are false negatives and false positives?
How accurate are in-home HIV tests?
Can a Pap smear detect HIV?
How long does it take for HIV symptoms to appear?
Do HIV symptoms differ in women and men?
How long can I wait before starting treatment?
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