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Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
7 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Decreased immunity: Aids stands for acquired immune deficiency syndrome. It is caused by HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), which can be contracted through exchange of bodily fluids such as semen, vaginal secretions, blood, and breast milk. Hiv/aids causes a progressive decline in the function of the immune system, which leave the body susceptible to life-threatening infections.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
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Dr. Timothy Ashley
14 years experience Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
HIV + illness: Acquired immune deficiency syndrome, the deadly clinical problem that occurs in advanced HIV infection. When the virus becomes active and suppresses the immune system sufficiently, patients get sick with unusual infections or cancers. When one of these unusual infections occurs in a person with hiv, or if the count of so-called t helper cells falls very low, that is the disease we call aids.
Answered on Mar 7, 2015
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Dr. Daniel Lee
25 years experience Internal Medicine
Advanced HIV infxn: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus that causes progressive destruction of the immune system, which can lead to acquired immune 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.
Answered on Feb 13, 2015
Dr. Jennifer Giltnane
12 years experience Pathology
HIV disease: Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids) is a clinical diagnosis based on a patient suffering from a severely decreased immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (hiv). This virus affects the immune system by destroying a patient's t cells.
Answered on Apr 16, 2016
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Dr. Simon Kimm
15 years experience Urology
HIV related disease.: Aids is acquired immune deficiency syndrome, the end stage of a severe weakening of the immune system caused by hiv, or human immunodeficiency virus.
Answered on Feb 12, 2014
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Dr. Robert Kwok
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The HIV disease?: The HIV virus (it causes AIDS) attacks and destroys a critical white blood cell of the immune system: the "CD4+ T-helper" cell. With these cells knock ... Read More
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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
AIDS info: AIDS = acquired immune deficiency syndrome, caused by human immunodeficiency virus types 1 and 2 (HIV1, HIV2). Look it up online for more information.
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Dr. Daniel Lee
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Advanced HIV infxn: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus that causes progressive destruction of the immune system, which can lead to acquired immune deficiency ... Read More
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Sex and drugs: Aids is the late stage of HIV infection. Hiv is transmitted through unprotected sex (especially intercourse) or through sharing needles and syringes ... Read More
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