What is Stage 3 (AIDS)?

Stage 3 (AIDS) is the most advanced stage of HIV. It can be a life-threatening condition if left untreated.

If you are someone you know is experiencing HIV or Stage 3 (AIDS) symptoms, UNM Truman Health Services can help. We are committed to limiting the progression of HIV through patient-centered care.
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What Are the Causes Stage 3 (AIDS)?

There is only one cause of Stage 3 (AIDS): HIV. HIV is a virus transmitted through semen, vaginal fluid, breast milk, and blood. When HIV infection occurs, it multiplies in the body. Without medical intervention, the virus will continue to multiply and damage the immune system.

Understanding Stage 3 (AIDS) and What Causes Symptoms

Stage 3 (AIDS) stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. The condition can be understood by taking apart the name:

  • Acquired: This means that you are not born with Stage 3 (AIDS). Stage 3 (AIDS) can only develop if HIV goes untreated.
  • Immunodeficiency: This refers to the state of the immune system when an individual has acquired Stage 3 (AIDS). HIV is a virus that significantly damages the immune system. In its most progressed stage, HIV makes the immune system deficient and unable to protect the body from opportunistic infections.
  • Syndrome: This refers to the medical term for the condition. Stage 3 (AIDS) is not a disease. It is a collection of symptoms and signs that result from HIV infection.

When a person is first infected with HIV, they may not present any symptoms. If the virus has progressed to Stage 3 (AIDS), there are multiple symptoms a person may experience. Stage 3 (AIDS) symptoms include diarrhea, extreme tiredness, persistent lymph node swelling, rapid weight loss, and skin discoloration.
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The only way to know if you are experiencing Stage 3 (AIDS) symptoms is to know your HIV status.

Stage 3 (AIDS) is Treatable

If you know what causes Stage 3 (AIDS), the development of Stage 3 (AIDS) is 100% preventable. Medical treatment of HIV can stop the progress of the virus, protecting you from developing opportunistic infections. UNM Truman Health Services can connect you with doctors who specialize in HIV-related care to help you set up an effective medication regimen.

Contact Us for HIV Treatment

At UNM Truman Health Services, we are committed to providing our patients access to the latest medical, behavioral, and complementary therapies for HIV. Our goal is to help you reach an undetectable status. If you believe you may need HIV treatment, contact us today to schedule a free HIV test.

Call 505.272.1312 in Albuquerque if you are experiencing symptoms of Stage 3 (AIDS).