Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

AIDS, or acquired immune deficiency syndrome, is caused by a virus called the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV. It may be many years before AIDS actually develops.

  • AIDS is a fatal disease, and while treatment for it is improving, there is no known cure.
  • The HIV virus is very fragile and will not survive very long outside of the human body. It is primarily of concern to employees providing first aid or medical care in situations involving fresh blood or other potentially infectious materials

Symptoms of HIV infection can vary, but often include:

  • Weakness,
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Diarrhea
  • White coating on the tongue
  • Weight loss
  • Swollen lymph glands