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Dr. Martin Raff
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Aids (Overview)

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, or AIDS, is the final stage of HIV, which causes intense damage to the immune system. It is associated with a low CD4 lymphocytes count and clinical signs of immune dysfunction. Specifically, AIDS begins when the CD4 cell count drops below 200.


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What are the symptoms of aids?

What are the symptoms of aids?

Many: Aids is a virus that attacks the immune protection system of the body. Aids victims can get more infections, especially uncommon ones including an unusual one called kaposis sarcoma. They are weakened, frequently lose weight, and when untreated almost any part of the body is at risk. Current therapy can now attenuate this problem and in the 1st world it is now a chronic, not deadly illness. ...Read more

Dr. Martin Raff
696 Doctors shared insights

Aids (Overview)

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, or AIDS, is the final stage of HIV, which causes intense damage to the immune system. It is associated with a low CD4 lymphocytes count and clinical signs of immune dysfunction. Specifically, AIDS begins when the CD4 cell count drops below 200.


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What are some treatments for aids?

What are some treatments for aids?

ART: Antiretroviral therapy (art), a combination of anti-hiv drugs (usually at least 3). ...Read more

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Aids (Tip)

Remember that people with AIDS can have a normal lifespan if they take medications regularly. ...See more

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Living with AIDS (Checklist)

Choose your doctor carefully
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Understand your disease in detail
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Be compliant and adhere to the parameters of your medications
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Keep your appointments regularly
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Could you please describe two common complications associated with aids?

Could you please describe two common complications associated with aids?

Allow me to make 3!: 3 Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) complications:

1. Opportunistic Infections -
e.g. Thrush, pneumocystis lung infection, TB, salmonelliosis, cryptococcosis/meningitis, toxoplasmosis, CMV (cytomegalovirus infection), cryptosporidiosis, etc.

2. Cancers
e.g. Kaposi sarcoma, lymphomas

3. Other conditions
wasting syndrome, cognitive decline and kidney disease ...Read more

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Aids (Tip)

Hiv can be transmitted through anal, penile-vaginal, and oral intercourse, but greatest risk is anal. ...See more

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What is the definition of hiv/aids?

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. ...Read more

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How does aids get transmitted?

See below: The modes of transmission have not changed since it was described over 25 years ago. Sex, blood occasionally, IV drug use (blood), and vertical transmission from mother to baby. Not kissing, not casual contact, not toilet seats, not sweat, not via linens (towels). ...Read more

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Aids (Tip)

NEVER run out or miss your antiviral meds. Notify your doc if you do. ...See more

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A first symptom of having aids is usually what?

A first symptom of having aids is usually what?

Infections: Typically people with aids first develop yeast infections in the mouth or vagina. Some people will get frequent colds or pneumonia. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of aids?

Many: Aids is a virus that attacks the immune protection system of the body. Aids victims can get more infections, especially uncommon ones including an unusual one called kaposis sarcoma. They are weakened, frequently lose weight, and when untreated almost any part of the body is at risk. Current therapy can now attenuate this problem and in the 1st world it is now a chronic, not deadly illness. ...Read more

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Aids (Tip)

Making improvements in your diet can improve your health and how well you feel. ...See more

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What's the first signs of aids?

What's the first signs of aids?

Don't wait for signs: Aids is the final stage of HIV infection that puts a person at risk for life threatening infections & cancers. The best way to know if aids is approaching is to get regular testing by an HIV specialist. Waiting for signs or symptoms of aids means one has waited too long. While there is no cure for HIV there is a way to avoid aids with medicine & regular testing. Some people develop aids with no signs. ...Read more

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How long can a person live after diagnosis of aids?

Varies: The life span of patients diagnoses with aids is highly variable -- depending upon when they are diagnosed, when they seek care fro example - but can be decades. ...Read more

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Aids (Tip)

Taking PCP prophylasix will prolong your life. ...See more

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Can fecalysis diagnose a person with std/hiv/aids?

Can fecalysis diagnose a person with std/hiv/aids?

No: No, you need blood, urine, or saliva, and you have to do specific tests. ...Read more

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Which the procedure of blood test to test aids?

HIV/AIDS: Aids is a clinical diagnosis of the advanced stage of infection with hiv. Hiv infection is commonly tested for by detecting antibodies to the virus. Testing for HIV nucleic acid allows an earlier detection of the infection. ...Read more

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Aids (Tip)

Take your meds religiously and you can live an almost normal life. ...See more

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Why do my hiv/aids tests come back negative but I still have the symptoms?

Why do my hiv/aids tests come back negative but I still have the symptoms?

You are HIV negative: If your HIV tests are repeatedly negative, then you are negative. I'm not sure what you mean by symptoms of HIV - probably need to be more specific, but the symptoms (such as fever, sweats, weight loss) of HIV are very nonspecific. This means that fever, sweats and weight loss can be caused by other infections (like the flu, common cold, tuberculosis, or fungal infections) or cancer, not only hiv. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have got aids if you never get tested because you never suspected anything?

How do you know if you have got aids if you never get tested because you never suspected anything?

Get tested: Everyone should be tested for HIV infection. That's the only way to know. Unless you've never had sex or shared needles, it's hard to know for sure whether you have no risk. ...Read more

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What's creates and cause aids?

Cuased by a virus!: Good evening,
acquired immune deficiency syndrome (aids), is a condition, as the name suggests in which our immune system fails to do the function of fighting viruses, bacteria, and fungal infections, and eliminating cancer cells from our body. The results are uncontrollable infections, and cancers. The defects are caused by human immunodeficiency virus, which are often sexually transmitted. ...Read more

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Hi, does oral thrush always mean aids? I have dentures I only take out when I eat and rarely clean. Could that be it too?

Hi, does oral thrush always mean aids? I have dentures I only take out when I eat and rarely clean. Could that be it too?

No: Oral thrush can be caused by HIV or any other disorder that affects our immune system, certainly if you are not properly cleaning your dentures, this could cause oral thrush. You should see a dentist to treat this. Most often, antifungal drugs will be used as well as instructions on how to dissinfect your dentures. ...Read more

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Please tell me what type of doctor treats hiv/aids?

Please tell me what type of doctor treats hiv/aids?

Infectious disease: Specialists often treat acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids) ; human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. ...Read more

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How can aids be treated?

Antivirals: Proper treatment with antiviral medications has made living with HIV infection much easier. I care for more than 250 HIV infected people and almost all are doing really well. I go to my patients' funerals and over the past 10 years, there haven't been many at all. ...Read more

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What are the latest methods for aids treatment? Thanks in advance.

What are the latest methods for aids treatment? Thanks in advance.

Complicated: There are multiple different drugs in different classes of drugs directed at pathways in the virus infecting cells, from attachment and penetration into cells to disruption of the production of new virus within the cells. The drugs are used in a combination of multiples depending upon the sensitivity of the virus and your response to treatment as measured by viral load and counts of immune cells. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for aids?

ART: Antiretroviral therapy (art), a combination of anti-hiv drugs (usually at least 3). ...Read more

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I want to know what's the best way to cure aids?

I want to know what's the best way to cure aids?

AIDS can now: Be a chronic disease. There is no cure but with the right anti viral treatments, the virus can be suppressed and you can have a near normal immune system. This is very much like treating a chronic disease. Prevention is important to make sure you do not infect others like a sex partner or unborn child. With the new antiviral treatments you can have a long and healthy life. ...Read more

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How can you get rid of aids?

No cure for AIDS: Aids is a syndrome caused by infection with hiv. There is no "cure" for hiv. There are some very good medications that can be used in combinations to treat hiv. Together, these meds are called "haart" (highly active antiretroviral therapy). These medications can prolong high quality life by many decades. See a doctor or visit a clinic to be prescribed these meds. Hope that this helps. ...Read more