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What is aids?

What is aids?

The HIV disease?: The HIV virus (it causes AIDS) attacks and destroys a critical white blood cell of the immune system: the "CD4+ T-helper" cell. With these cells knocked out, the body's immune system is crippled and left unable to fight off infections which would ordinarily be easily handled by a normal immune system. The patient has AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or acquired immune deficiency syndrome). ...Read more

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 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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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?

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?

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

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Whatever happened to aids?

Is AIDS still here?: In our western world the treatment of HIV infection has led to a significant drop in those individuals who have severe immune destruction and thus significantly less humans being diagnosed with aids. But, HIV is still very prevalent, and very expensive to our health care system.

The virus causing aids is stil in our communities and thus there is no reason to let up on our vigilance against infect. ...Read more

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Can aids survive on a cup?

Can aids survive on a cup?

No, HIV is very…: Fragile virus & survives only short time outside body. Hiv is transmitted when infected blood, semen, vaginal fluids, or breast milk enter another person's body via unsafe sex, direct contact with infected blood, during pregnancy, delivery and through breastfeeding. ...Read more

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Can children inherit AIDS?

? inherit ?: AIDS is not a genetic trait or condition you inherit. It is an infectious disease that a mother can pass to her baby during or after pregnancy. With proper prenatal care, doctors can limit that possibility to less than 5% transfer, while untreated cases transfer around 30% or more of the time. ...Read more

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What is the origin of aids?

Monkey blood: Human contact with the blood of infected monkeys in the process of hunting or butchering in sub-saharan africa, some time during the first half of the 20th century. ...Read more

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How do people contract aids?

Sex and drugs: By having unprotected sex (especially receptive anal or vaginal intercourse) with an infected partner or partner of unknown HIV status. You can also get it by sharing needles or syringes if you're injecting drugs. ...Read more

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What are the tests for AIDS?

Blood test: for screening we usually do a blood test called:
HIV rapid screening test (antibody screening test) ...Read more

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Whats 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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What is the sing of aids....?

Sign of aids: I believe you meant the sign of aids. Unfortunately, there is no one particular sign of it. Aids is not a disease in and of itself. It's a condition in which your own immune system becomes so weak that it cannot fight infections that are commonly suppressed by it. So, the hallmark of aids is the insurgence of infectious and malignant diseases and their aggressive and often relentless course. ...Read more

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Whats the first signs of aids?

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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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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When was aids first discovered?

Early 1980's: In the early 1980's, doctors started recognizing very unusual cases of a skin cancer called kaopsi's sarcoma and a pneumonia called pcp in young men in ny and sf. Within a remarkably short period of time the HIV virus itself was discovered. We know know HIV has existed for over 100 years in africa, but world wide spread probably started in the 1970's. ...Read more

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What is the medication for aids?

Antiretrovirals: There are many medications, known as antiretrovirals. They're typically used in combination to prevent resistance. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get cured of aids?

Is it possible to get cured of aids?

No: There has been only one well documented caase of a cure, and it involved bone marrow transplantation with the marrow from a donor who was immune to hiv. This is not a practical way to cure HIV for people who don't need a marrow transplant, but it could lead to other approaches. There is a lot of money and effort being spent on cure research right now. ...Read more

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How can you think that aids started ?

Zoonosis: Forget the disinformation campaigns by crooks. It is very clear that hiv1 is a chimpanzee virus that jumped species in what is now zaire early in the 20th century, and hiv2 from the sooty mangabey in western africa. With today's science, this is undeniable. ...Read more

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What memory aids can I take everywhere?

What memory aids can I take everywhere?

Memory aids: Some extremely intelligent people i know still carry a small wad of 3x5 cards with them so they can write down things they want to remember. Others use the notes section or app on their smart phones. Writing things down is the most effective memory aid there is. This website has additional suggestions as well : ...Read more

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Who are the most common victims of AIDS?

Who are the most common victims of AIDS?

AIDS victims: Those who have unprotected sex with men who have sex with men who have HIV. ...Read more