AIDS and HIV - A IDS and HIV Laura Davis 7/11/2010 Have you...

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Have you ever had the question what is the difference between HIV and AIDS? HIV is the virus that may cause AIDS. HIV is entered through the body through the mucous membranes or thru blood to blood contact. When you get the virus it attacks the immune system, killing off the healthy immune system cells. What leads to getting AIDS is the deterioration of the immune system. AIDS is the final stage of HIV infection. When a person’s CD4 (CD4 cells help your body fight off infections and disease) count drops below 200 or a person has 1 or more infections. HIV (the human immunodeficiency virus) is the infectious agent that is the cause of AIDS. There are 4 stages of the HIV infection. One, there is a window between infection and that which antibodies are developed in a person. An HIV test, look for antibodies not the virus. Two, seroconversion, the body develops enough antibodies to fight off the virus. This person could develop flu like systems and also be very infectious. Three, this stage is symptom free. The person may not have any symptoms for 6 months to well over ten years. The final stage of HIV infection is the TCELL drops below 200 and the OI’s are present. AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency, or immune deficiency, syndrome) is the advanced stage of a viral infection that attacks the body’s disease- fighting immune system. Basically, HIV infections start and end in having AIDS. HIV can be transmitted by various ways such as during sex, cuts, sores, and abrasions on the skin. Unprotected anal and vaginal sex is the riskiest. There are a small number of reported cases through oral sex. Also HIV can be transmitted by sharing needles, syringes, cookers, cottons and water for mixing bleach. Blood can be left behind and it can enter the body of the next user. A mother can transmit HIV when she is pregnant. This can occur during birth or through breast feeding. AZT became a recommended routine only about 1 in
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