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When does HIV positive turn to aids?

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In brief: CD4 count around 200

Hiv destroys cd4 cells (specific type of white blood cell that plays a role in helping to fight diseases).
The immune system weakens as more cd4 cells are killed. Hiv infection can exist for years before it progresses to aids. People with HIV progress to aids when their cd4 counts fall below 200 or they experience an aids-defining illness (infection/malignancy like pneumocystis or lymphoma).

In brief: CD4 count around 200

Hiv destroys cd4 cells (specific type of white blood cell that plays a role in helping to fight diseases).
The immune system weakens as more cd4 cells are killed. Hiv infection can exist for years before it progresses to aids. People with HIV progress to aids when their cd4 counts fall below 200 or they experience an aids-defining illness (infection/malignancy like pneumocystis or lymphoma).
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Dr. Charles Sturgis
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