AIDS (final stages)

Last reviewed 01/2018

In the final stages of AIDS the infections are relatively unimportant - the patient is suffering mostly from HIV disease.

Features may include:

  • weakness
  • cachexia
  • diarrhoea
  • dementia

In contrast to the similar features seen in the terminal stages of cancer, the patient may have relatively long to live - quite a few months. In terminal cancer, once the patient has reached this stage the prognosis is a matter of weeks.