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Does an aids serology test only look for the aids virus or does it look to see if you are HIV positive ?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
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In brief: Confusion

There is no such thing as the aids virus - there never was.
The virus is HIV - human immunodeficiency virus. If you're hiv+, you have hiv. Aids (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) is the condition resulting from HIV - your immune system is so weakened that you are susceptible to opportunistic infections and get other health problems. So, serology is for HIV viral load and its target, cd 4 cells.

In brief: Confusion

There is no such thing as the aids virus - there never was.
The virus is HIV - human immunodeficiency virus. If you're hiv+, you have hiv. Aids (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) is the condition resulting from HIV - your immune system is so weakened that you are susceptible to opportunistic infections and get other health problems. So, serology is for HIV viral load and its target, cd 4 cells.
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Dr. Nancy Mellow
As above, the serology test only reports whether you are or not infected with the HIV virus (that is, HIV positive or negative). Having AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) means that you have an infection with the HIV virus that has progressed to the point that your immune system is severely damaged. AIDS is diagnosed by having a low "T cell" (CD4) count and one of the infections or conditions that only happen with severe damage of your immune system.
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