do you die from just aids
May 12, 1997
I had had a aunt that died from aids.The doctor said that she didn't die from just aids alone.she had been sick with the flu and she had cancer.Everyone that I asked didn't have an answer for me.Does everyone with aids die of aids? Or does it take more than just aids to kill you,like a disease or something
Response from Mr. Sowadsky
Hi. Thank you for your question.
Not everyone with AIDS will die of the disease, but many will. AIDS is definetely a deadly disease. Most people who die from AIDS itself usually die from one of the opportunistic diseases that are seen in persons with AIDS. So it's not HIV itself that usually kills a person; rather it's one of the opportunistic diseases associated with AIDS that kills a person.
However, we must remember that people can have AIDS, yet die of other causes. A person can have AIDS, but can also have other potentially fatal diseases unrelated to AIDS. For example, if a person with AIDS is a smoker, they may die from Lung Cancer (which is a separate disease unrelated to AIDS). Some people with AIDS may die of other unrelated causes (for example, suicide, homicide, car accidents, drug overdoses, etc.). So although most people with AIDS die from the disease itself, they may also die from other causes. If you have any further questions, please feel free to call the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide).
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.