Symptoms and diseases associated

Find information and medical advice on the early symptoms of HIV infection and discover some of the diseases associated with HIV and AIDS here.

Genital herpes

Genital herpes is a viral infection causing small, painful blisters.

Genital warts

Genital warts are caused by a family of similar sexually transmitted viruses.

Chlamydia trachomatis

Chlamydia trachomatis is a common cause of bacterial sexually transmitted infection.

Symptoms and phases of HIV infection & Aids

HIV/Aids is often called the “silent epidemic” due to the second stage of the disease that usually involves few if any symptoms. This means that a person can be infected for many years without showing any symptoms.


Gonorrhoea is one of the oldest known and most common sexually transmitted diseases.

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Dr Sindisiwe van Zyl qualified at the University of Pretoria in 2005. She is a patients' rights activist and loves using social media to teach about HIV. She is in private practice in Johannesburg.

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