Without treatment, it may take a matter of months or years for HIV to weaken the immune system beyond repair. The progression of HIV to the late stage is referred to as AIDS, or Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. This last stage of an HIV infection means that the body’s immune system is severely damaged, leaving it more susceptible to other infections that it would otherwise be able to fight off if it were not compromised and damaged. As such, it is not uncommon for individuals with AIDS to frequently get colds, flus or fungal infections.
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Symptoms men and women with AIDS may experience include:
Women may also experience the following as a result of AIDS:
Medically Reviewed by J. Frank Martin JR., MD on Jun 18, 2019
Written by Alexa Amador on Jan 25, 2017