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When HIV becomes AIDS?
Aug 23, 2001

I read that HIV becomes AIDS when your immune system is so damaged that you have less than 200 CD4+ cells or you get an opportunistic infection. However, there are so many different types of opportunistic infections of varying severities, so how can this be used as a measure of 'disease' (i.e. HIV)progression?

Response from Dr. Feinberg

There is some misunderstanding about minor illnesses, such as thrush, that are common in HIV+s, and the serious AIDS-defining OIs. The latter are characteristic of advanced immune damage, and are typically life-threatening if untreated; that is why they are indicators of AIDS.

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