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What are the symptoms of AIDS?

AIDS may develop over an 8-10 year period after the initial HIV infection. AIDS is the final stage of HIV infection, when the immune system has been severely damaged, which can lead to opportunistic infections and unusual types of cancers. Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Night sweats
  • Chills and fatigue
  • Fever >100 F (38 C) for several weeks
  • Dry cough and shortness of breath
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Persistent white spots or unusual lesions on your tongue or in your mouth
  • Headaches
  • Weight loss

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