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Can you please tell me how hiv and hpi differ?

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Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Virus vs history: In medical jargon, HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. I have seen "history of present illness" abbreviated as "hpi". This would be the history of the patient's current complaint / problem.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Can you please tell me how HIV and aids differ?

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Dr. Simon Tsiouris
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Cause and effect: Hiv is the human immunodeficiency virus, if untreated in an infected person it leads to a deterioration of the immune system which manifests as aids, the acquired immune deficiency syndrome. People with aids typically suffer from infections which individuals with a healthy immune system would not get.
Dr. John Washburn
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Well said. These terms are not interchangeable contrary to what some may hear in the public arena.
Jul 11, 2012

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