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Dr. Martin Raff
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Aids (Overview)

AIDS is also known as HIV/AIDS. AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is a disease caused by the human immunodeficiency virus. The disease is characterized by a failure of the immune system, which makes a patient susceptible to a wide range of infections.


Dr. Michael Ein
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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What is the definition of hiv/aids?

Dr. Michael Ein
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
43 years in practice
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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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Dr. Martin Raff
657 doctors shared insights

Aids (Overview)

AIDS is also known as HIV/AIDS. AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is a disease caused by the human immunodeficiency virus. The disease is characterized by a failure of the immune system, which makes a patient susceptible to a wide range of infections.


Dr. Ankush Bansal
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
12 years in practice
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How does aids get transmitted?

Dr. Ankush Bansal
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
12 years in practice
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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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Living with AIDS (Tip)

Living with AIDS

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 adherent with your medications
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Keep your appointments regularly
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Dr. Jacek Jodelka
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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A first symptom of having aids is usually what?

Dr. Jacek Jodelka
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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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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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What are the symptoms of aids?

Dr. Richard Bensinger
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
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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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Living with AIDS

Always tell your partner about your HIV/AIDS status before engaging in sexual activity. ...See more

Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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Whats the first signs of aids?

Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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Whats the first signs of aids?

Dont 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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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
24 years in practice
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How long can a person live after diagnosis of aids?

Dr. Andrew Murphy
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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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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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Living with AIDS

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

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