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What Is The Exact Cause Of Aids

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U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The Evidence That HIV Causes AIDS

Background The acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) was first recognized in 1981 and has since become a major worldwide pandemic. AIDS is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). By leading to the destruction and/or functional impairment of cells of the immune system, notably CD4+ T cells, HIV progressively destroys the body's ability to fight infections and certain cancers. An HIV-infected person is diagnosed with AIDS when his...
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What exactly is AIDS? In detail.

Well, my heading pretty much asks my whole question. I am doing a report/presentation in one of my classes at school and I would like a detailed answer on what AIDS is. Thanks....
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Hi. Thank you for your question. AIDS is a disease caused by a virus called HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). AIDS stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. In this disease, the HIV virus damages the immunesystem, so the body is no longer... Read more »

what exactly are the risks and side effects of meds

I was just diagnosed HIV+. From previous HIV test and I figure the earliest I was infected was late 2000. My CD4+ is 214 VL 29,450. I was immidiatly put on Combivir and Sustiva. It seems this is a fast progression and i haven't even had the...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
All your questions are excellent ones. Probably the best place to start, here at the body at: http://www.thebody.com/treat/antivir.html, or project inform: http://www.projinf.org/. Although it is heavy reading, take a look at the US national... Read more »

What exactly is Molluscum: am I at risk?

My HIV+ partner has been recently diagnosed with Molluscum. What exactly is thiscondition and how is it transmitted? I amalso HIV+ and have a CD4 count of about 300. I am currently on AZT and +/- ddc +/- Saquinavir (definitely notmonotherapy ). My...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
Molluscum contagiosum is caused by a poxvirus. In HIV-negative people, it is usually a fairly benign problem, characterized by small flesh-colored mumps on the skin that usually go away by themselves. In HIV-infected people, molluscum can... Read more »

What exactly is "clinical suspicion for HIV"?

Dr. Bob:You been so kind to answer several questions before. I have a new one, different but as important, that seeks to answer when clinical suspicion for HIV is really clinical suspicion for HIV.Im still having a lot of issues two years plus...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,1.No, absolutely not. Your "many negative/undetected results" definitively eliminate the possibility of HIV.2.No.3.No.I suggest you follow up with the immunologist for a repeat CD4 count in November as planned. I also suggest you stop... Read more »
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What exactly are "flu like symptoms"....

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I know with HIV you can't go by symptoms (so they say). But if one was to experience them, they say you'd have "flu like" symptoms. What exactly does that mean? Is it stomach flu type of symptoms where you can't keep anything down, and you just... Read more »

What tests were done exactly?...

Posted by dsaklad
1. Was the testing only for AIDS HIV or for other sexually transmitted diseases too?...
Asking precisely what tests were done makes the test results more clear.


2. What about getting vaccinated for hepatitis B and hepatitis A ?...


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What is exactly skin rash ?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Can anybody describe skin rash during ARS for me ? Is it small red dots or large ones ? Are there many of them or only a few ? Are they localized or can they appear anywhere on the body ? When they appear, do they last for a long time or do they... Read more »

The Shock Haven't Exactly Set In Yet!

Posted by Mathias1, 3 Replies
Hi, my name is Matthew and I just received my results back 2day HIV +. When the nurse told me, I just sat there and stared at her. Having my cousin in the room w/me help to ease the emotions. I am totally lost right now, and am worried about taking... Read more »