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How do hiv & aids differ?

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Dr. Daniel Lee
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Infection severity: There are several differences between HIV and aids. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus that causes progressive destruction of the immune system. As the immune system declines, a person can get one of 20+ opportunistic infections associated with acquired immund deficiency syndrome (aids). A person can also have aids if their CD4 or t-cell count (marker of immune function) is <200.

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Have i AIDS or HIV ?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Exposure? testing?: Were you engaged in any activity which could have caused an exposure? Unprotected sex with a possible carrier? This can be anal or oral as well. Have you shared needles using drugs? If any of these exposures is in your history, then you could go and get tested for HIV which is available in most public health clinics or community hospitals in a confidential way.

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