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AIDS or HIV?
Apr 22, 2012

Since AIDS develop from HIV, I was wondering, what if you have sex with a person who has AIDS, and if you get infected, do you get HIV or AIDS?

Response from Mr. Cordova

Hi there:

HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. When someone is infected, they are infected with HIV. HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is the final stage of HIV disease. You are classified as having AIDS when your T-cells fall below 200 or you acquire an opportunistic infection. An opportunistic infection occurs when a persons immune system has been compromised to a point that it can not fight off routine infections.

Bottom line: If you get infected, you are infected with HIV. It does not matter if the person who infected you has HIV or is classified as having AIDS. They are infecting you with the virus, HIV. I hope this helps.

In health,

Richard



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