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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

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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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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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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