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What is aids ?

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Marianne DiNapoli
Obstetrics & Gynecology
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Marianne DiNapoli
Marianne DiNapoli
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Dr. Simon Kimm
Urology
4 doctors agree

In brief: HIV related disease.

Aids is acquired immune deficiency syndrome, the end stage of a severe weakening of the immune system caused by hiv, or human immunodeficiency virus.

In brief: HIV related disease.

Aids is acquired immune deficiency syndrome, the end stage of a severe weakening of the immune system caused by hiv, or human immunodeficiency virus.
Dr. Simon Kimm
Dr. Simon Kimm
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Dr. Daniel Lee
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Advanced HIV infxn

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus that causes progressive destruction of the immune system, which can lead to acquired immune deficiency syndrome (aids).
As the immune system declines, a person can get one of 20+ opportunistic infections associated with aids. A person can also have aids if their cd4 or t-cell count (marker of immune function) is <200.

In brief: Advanced HIV infxn

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus that causes progressive destruction of the immune system, which can lead to acquired immune deficiency syndrome (aids).
As the immune system declines, a person can get one of 20+ opportunistic infections associated with aids. A person can also have aids if their cd4 or t-cell count (marker of immune function) is <200.
Dr. Daniel Lee
Dr. Daniel Lee
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Dr. Timothy Ashley
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: HIV + illness

Acquired immune deficiency syndrome, the deadly clinical problem that occurs in advanced HIV infection.
When the virus becomes active and suppresses the immune system sufficiently, patients get sick with unusual infections or cancers. When one of these unusual infections occurs in a person with hiv, or if the count of so-called t helper cells falls very low, that is the disease we call aids.

In brief: HIV + illness

Acquired immune deficiency syndrome, the deadly clinical problem that occurs in advanced HIV infection.
When the virus becomes active and suppresses the immune system sufficiently, patients get sick with unusual infections or cancers. When one of these unusual infections occurs in a person with hiv, or if the count of so-called t helper cells falls very low, that is the disease we call aids.
Dr. Timothy Ashley
Dr. Timothy Ashley
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In brief: HIV disease

Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids) is a clinical diagnosis based on a patient suffering from a severely decreased immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (hiv).
This virus affects the immune system by destroying a patient's t cells.

In brief: HIV disease

Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids) is a clinical diagnosis based on a patient suffering from a severely decreased immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (hiv).
This virus affects the immune system by destroying a patient's t cells.
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