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what is the definition of hiv/aids?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
See below: Hiv means infection with the human immunodeficiency virus. Aids means acquired immunodificiency syndrome and means infection with the HIV virus and an opportunistic infection or a CD4 lymphocyte count of less than 200 cells/mm3.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

I don't want to get aids, what preventative measures can I take?

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Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 21 years experience
Know your partner: All adults aged 13-64 should receive an HIV test regardless of risk. Knowing you & your partners HIV status is essential to avoid hiv. Using a condom is essential to prevent HIV & other std's. You may qualify to take HIV medication daily in order to prevent getting HIV if you engage in high risk sexual activity - an HIV specialist is needed for this. Iv drug users should never share needles.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

Can I get HIV in other ways besides sexual intercourse?

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Dr. Daniel Lee
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Yes, several ways: The most common way to get HIV is thru unprotected sexual intercourse. However, other ways include sharing hiv-infected needles (often associated with using illegal injection drugs, rarely with tattooing but possible), receiving infected blood transfusions or blood products (though the blood supply is screened thoroughly these days), and passing HIV from mother to child thru breastfeeding.
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Dr. Martin Raff commented
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Oral sex in which ejaculate from the penis is deposited on structures behind the oral cavity. The tonsils, lymph nodes in the throat, and other such areas upon which HIV may be deposited has been shown to be a source of disease.
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A 22-year-old member asked:

Can HIV increase my chances of cancer?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Potentially: Poorly controlled HIV results in a condition where your own immune system is not capable of fighting off even common viruses and bacteria. Part of the normal function of the immune system is to kill cancerous cells in the body. So yes, HIV can increase your change of cancer in the long-term.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to live with an HIV positive family member?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Yes: You don't get HIV from living with someone with hiv, only from sex. Close contact is not a risk.
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A 29-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: hiv/aids?

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Dr. Christopher Nicora
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
HIV: Hiv/aids is a disease of the human immune system caused by infection with human immunodeficiency virus (hiv). During the initial infection, a person may experience a brief period of influenza-like illness. This is typically followed by a prolonged period without symptoms. As the illness progresses, it interferes with the immune system, making the person much more likely to get infections.

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