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Are hiv and aids the same?

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Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Specializes in Addiction Medicine
No: Hiv is the exposure to the virus, HIV disease which can be asymptomatic or symptomatic. Aids is the ocurrence of opportunistic diseases, such as pcp, toxoplasmosis, cytomegalovirus etc, or a CD4 count less than 200.
Dr. Daniel Lee
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Subtle difference: There is a subtle difference. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus that causes progressive destruction of the immune system, which can lead to acquired immund deficiency syndrome (aids). As the immune system declines, a person can get one of 20+ opportunistic infections associated with aids. A person can also have aids if their CD4 or t-cell count (marker of immune function) is <200.
Dr. Chirag Vasa
Infectious Disease 27 years experience
Same disease : Hiv is disease status when person is asymptomatic and does not meet criteria for certain opportunities infection and CD4 count labove 200. When certain indicator, infection, conditions, malignancy when found with HIV infection or CD4 less than 200 than HIV infection called as aids.It is same disease with different spectrum, .
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Get treatment.: You need to find yourself an Infectious Disease doctor who has specialty training in treating patients with HIV/AIDS. There are medications you can take that will give you great benefit.
Dr. Cornelius Oleary
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AIDS.gov resource : Studies show that a person with a new HIV diagnosis needs viral resistance testing and initiation of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). HIV lowers your immunity but is expertly controlled due to drug research. There are support groups for you and help with costs of treatment. Don't worry it can be treated. Be responsible tell your sex partners to be tested they can get help. Good luck.

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