Many people who have HIV/AIDS experience no symptoms at first, and the signs of the disease, like fever, sore throat, and nausea, may be minimal for a while. If you think you’re at risk for HIV, Remix Medical in Houston, can help with preventive measures and start care right away upon diagnosis. HIV progresses in stages and can develop into AIDS over time. While there isn’t a cure for HIV/AIDS, you can treat and manage it with the right medication and care. Call Remix Medical today or schedule an appointment online.
HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is spread through bodily fluids like blood, semen, or vaginal fluids, transferring the virus from one body to another. The infection typically spreads through sexual activity, during birth from mother to baby, or from sharing contaminated needles when injecting drugs.
When inside the body, HIV destroys white blood cells, which help the body fight off infection. As a result, HIV compromises your immune system. If you suspect you may have HIV, it’s important to contact Jorge Zuniga, MD at Remix Medical.
Some clients experience minor symptoms at the onset of HIV, while others may feel normal for a long time while the disease progresses. The symptoms of HIV can include:
If you experience any of those symptoms, contact Remix Medical immediately.
Over time, HIV can destroy enough white blood cells that the disease progresses to AIDS. Without treatment, HIV progresses to AIDS in about 10 years.
Your immune system becomes weaker as HIV kills white blood cells, and your risk of contracting a more severe infection increases significantly. These infections are opportunistic and typically wouldn’t impact someone with a healthy immune system.
If your disease has progressed to the AIDS stage, you’re at risk for several opportunistic infections. These infections may cause symptoms such as:
If you have these symptoms, you should contact Dr. Zuniga so that he may address them immediately.
You can slow the progression of HIV/AIDS through medication. Though there is currently no cure for HIV and AIDS, many clients with HIV today never develop AIDS because medication keeps the disease and the destruction of white blood cells in check.
You can take antiretrovirals (ARVs) to treat HIV, usually in combination with other types of ARV for antiretroviral therapy (ART). It’s important to follow your medication schedule to keep HIV at bay.
Call Remix Medical in Houston or book online to meet with infectious disease physician, Dr. Zuniga, today.