Have a symptom?
See what questions
a doctor would ask.
Diseases » AIDS » Misdiagnosis

Misdiagnosis of AIDS

Misdiagnosis of AIDS

A diagnosis of the AIDS can easily be missed or delayed because there are often no symptoms in the early stages of HIV infection, and the infected person may be unaware of it. Embarrassment and not being honest with a health care provider about sexual activity can also delay a diagnosis. In addition, some symptoms of HIV infection, such as weight loss and flu-like symptoms, can be vague and mimic other conditions. These include influenza. Diagnosis may also be missed or delayed because HIV infection may not be detectable with diagnostic testing in the first one to three months after infection.

Because of these factors, it is important to have regular medical care throughout a lifetime in order to maximize the chances of early diagnosis and treatment of HIV infection and AIDS....more about AIDS »

Diseases for which AIDS may be an alternative diagnosis

The other diseases for which AIDS is listed as a possible alternative diagnosis in their lists include:

Rare Types of AIDS:

  • Pneumocystitis carinii pneumonia related AIDS
  • Tuberculosis related AIDS
  • Toxoplasmosis related AIDS
  • Kaposi sarcoma related AIDS
  • Cryptosporidiosis related AIDS
  • Herpes zoster related AIDS
  • Hemophiliacs related AIDS
  • More rare types »

AIDS: Medical Mistakes

Related medical mistakes may include:

AIDS: Undiagnosed Conditions

Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:

Common Misdiagnoses and AIDS

Chronic lung diseases hard to diagnose: Some of the chronic lung diseases are difficult to diagnose. Even the well-knowns conditions such as asthma or lung cancer often fail to be diagnosed early. Some of the chronic lung diseases with diagnostic difficulties include asthma (perhaps surprisingly), COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, mesothelioma, smoker's cough, AIDS-related respiratory conditions (see AIDS), chronic pneumonia, and other respiratory diseases. Rare possibilities include diseases like psittacosis (bird-related lung infection). See other types of chronic lung diseases.

Medical news summaries about misdiagnosis of AIDS:

The following medical news items are relevant to misdiagnosis of AIDS:

Misdiagnosis and AIDS deaths

AIDS is a condition that can possibly be deadly if misdiagnosed...more »

General Misdiagnosis Articles

Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.

About misdiagnosis:

When checking for a misdiagnosis of AIDS or confirming a diagnosis of AIDS, it is useful to consider what other medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative conditions relevant to diagnosis. These alternate diagnoses of AIDS may already have been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of AIDS. For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases, see Overview of Misdiagnosis.


By using this site you agree to our Terms of Use. Information provided on this site is for informational purposes only; it is not intended as a substitute for advice from your own medical team. The information on this site is not to be used for diagnosing or treating any health concerns you may have - please contact your physician or health care professional for all your medical needs. Please see our Terms of Use.

Home | Symptoms | Diseases | Diagnosis | Videos | Tools | Forum | About Us | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Site Map | Advertise