Dealing with symptoms

The symptoms of HIV infection are multiple and varied and can either be caused by the direct effect of HIV on the body or be a consequence of the complications of a severely damaged immune system. It is also worthwhile remembering that people with HIV can develop symptoms due to medical conditions that are entirely unrelated to HIV, and it is not always appropriate to assume that HIV is the cause of all symptoms.

The following list is not meant to be exhaustive but describes the most common HIV-related symptoms, their causes and what to do if they occur. Any concerns about any symptoms or problems should always be discussed with a doctor.

Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

This content was checked for accuracy at the time it was written. It may have been superseded by more recent developments. NAM recommends checking whether this is the most current information when making decisions that may affect your health.

NAM’s information is intended to support, rather than replace, consultation with a healthcare professional. Talk to your doctor or another member of your healthcare team for advice tailored to your situation.