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it broke my heart when i heard what it means to be a hiv/aids victem
Mar 17, 2004

it was on today's news that the government of my country is going to start treating people with anti-aids medication. but they will start treating people with a "stage 3" level of aids. what does it mean to be a stage 3 sufferer? please give me a short description of all the other stages. thanks

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your question.

I can't be certain, but one grading scale for severity of HIV disease is the Center for Disease Control's (USA)-- in this scheme, persons have category A, B or C, depending on their health.

Category A are asymptomatic (without symptoms)

Category B are symptomatic (without category C illness)-- this includes thrush, cervical cancer, fever (for more than 1 month), shingles and peripheral neuropathy.

Category C (I'm interpreting this as "stage 3") include the traditional AIDS-defining illness, such as cytomegalovirus disease, HIV-dementia, wasting, Kaposi's sarcoma, Mycobacterial infection, Pneumocystis pneumonia or recurrent bacterial pneumonia.

Hope this helps, BY



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