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What symptoms are caused by the human immunodeficiency virus?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Many and few.: At the outset the patient infected may not even be aware of the presence of the virus, and this can persist until the immune system is badly damaged, and secondary infections or cancers occur (8-12 yrs). Sometimes, acute HIV syndrome will present as a mononucleosis-type illness with multiple symptoms. Best thing to do is get checked and tested if you feel you have been exposed.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

How does the human immunodeficiency virus cause AIDS?

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Dr. Al Hegab
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Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Attacks T cells: T lymphocytes, part of the white blood cells, are the main cells in the specialized immune system, Especially the T helper cells, so when attacked the HIV virus, the whole immune system becomes deranged, hence the development of AIDS,
A 36-year-old member asked:

What all is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
HIV infection/AIDS: The HIV virus causes HIV infection and aids. There are many clinical manifestations of HIV infection and aids, which are too numerous to list here.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What causes the human immunodeficiency virus?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
HIV: The obvious answer is that HIV causes it. But perhaps you meant "how do you get it?" you get HIV by having unsafe sex or by sharing needles/syringes by someone else who has it.
Dr. J. Yusuf Erskine
Holistic Medicine 32 years experience
nice to see you on health tap Joel! Speaking at international AIDS conference in DC?
Jul 26, 2012
A 41-year-old member asked:

Human immunodeficiency virus--can it mutate?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Yes: Hiv mutates in response to HIV therapy. If you're being treated without a complete response (partial suppression), the virus can mutate so it can replicate in the presence of the drugs. This usually happens in people who don't take their medications properly. They can then transmit the mutant virus to others. Spontaneous mutation (mutation independent of therapy) has not been a big problem.

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