HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). HIV can be passed from one person to another through blood-to-blood contact or sexual contact. AIDS occurs when an HIV infection has weakened a person’s immune system to the point where he or she has difficulty fighting off certain illnesses. There are several symptoms that could indicate that you have contracted HIV such as:
• Rapid weight loss
• Dry cough
• Memory problems
• Unexplained fatigue
• Swollen lymph glands in the armpits, groin, or neck
• Prolonged diarrhea
In addition to these symptoms, our dentist may be able to detect the presence of HIV by examining your oral health. A few dental problems that can come from HIV include bleeding gums, herpes sores in the mouth, and fungal infections. These symptoms could also indicate something else entirely, which is why it is always important to get a proper diagnosis from our dentist.
The best way to prevent getting HIV is to avoid activities that could possibly allow the virus to enter your body. If you want to learn more about how to prevent contracting HIV or if you want to learn about the treatments available to you, talk to a medical professional right away.