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Jul 5, 1996

I heard from my friend that you can contract AIDS without having HIV. Is this true? If so, please elaborate.

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

No. One CANNOT have AIDS unless one has the HIV virus. There are however other diseases that can lead to a damaged immune system, and have symptoms very similar to that of AIDS. Leukemia, a cancer of the immune system, is a very good example of this. But if you do not have HIV, you cannot have AIDS.

If you have further questions, please feel free to call the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide).

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