and what is the difference between HIV and AIDS?
29 Mar 2012
HIV stands for (human immunodeficiency virus) There are five stages of progression of HIV to AIDS to Death.
Stage 1-initial transmission and infection with HIV
Stage 2-infection without presention of signs or symptoms (may last 10 or more years)
Stage 3-signs and symptoms of HIV begin to appear
Stage 4 AIDS opportunistic infections begin; CD4 cell count or level at or below 200 per cubic millimeter of blood
Stage 5-final stage of wasting and infection; ends in death.
8 Aug 2009
HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. The HIV virus gradually attacks immune system cells. As HIV progressively damages these cells, the body becomes more vulnerable to infections, which it will have difficulty in fighting off. It is at the point of very advanced HIV infection that a person is said to have AIDS.
AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. It can be years before HIV has damaged the immune system enough for AIDS to develop.
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