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What is aids ?

What is aids ?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Raff
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Aids (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What causes aids?

What causes aids?

Immune Destruction: Immune destruction caused by the death or weakening on the immune cells by a chronic infection caused by the HIV virus. At some point, usually years after infection, the immune system cannot keep up with the chronic destruction of its cells and weakens to a point where it can no longer fight off infections, even simple ones. ...Read more

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Do aids get qured?

Not typically: But the medications available today can keep it very well under control. ...Read more

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How did aids start?

How did aids start?

Monkey blood: Most likely through contact with the blood of infected monkeys during the hunting and butchering process in africa. In the latter half of the 20th century, improved transportation systems in africa allowed more travel within and outside of the continent, allowing it to spread beyond the small villages where it probably existed for decades before the actual aids pandemic began. ...Read more

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What's aids cause by?

What's aids cause by?

HIV : This virus, which originated in central africa, is clearly the culprit. ...Read more

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Where did aids start?

Sub-Saharan Africa: In central africa some time during the first half of the 20th century. ...Read more

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How is aids transmitted?

How is aids transmitted?

AIDS: Aids is transmitted thro sex and blood transfusion, coming in contact with contaminated bodily fluids. ...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 does aids stand for?

Advanced HIV: Acquired immuno-deficiency syndrome, the late stage of HIV infection in which a host of opportunistic infections plague the unfortunate patient. ...Read more

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Where did aids come from?

Monkey virus: It was passed from monkeys (probably chimpanzees) to humans through blood exposure in the process of hunting and butchering. This occurred in sub-saharan africa in the early part of the 20th century. ...Read more