All About HIV and AIDS - These are from many courses

Info icon This preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
All About H IV and AIDS The difference between HIV and AIDS is that HIV is what causes AIDs. It’s what a person gets before full blown AIDS comes.HIV belongs to a group of viruses called retrovirus or slow virus. HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus and AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. A person can get HIV by having unprotected anal, oral, or vaginal intercourse. It can also be caused from sharing needles, birth, and breast feeding. They have so many people that have unprotected sex and people who share needles in drug use. So HIV is contracted through mucous membranes and from blood to blood contact. In order for a person to go from HIV to AIDS a person must have one of twenty three indicator diseases. They must also have a t cell count less than 200. Once a person gets the virus is slowly attacks the immune system. This kills off the healthy immune system the HIV infected person once had causing them to deteriorate and that leads to AIDS. There are four stages to HIV. The first stage is called the window. It is called window because this is the time between when the infection and the antibodies enter the person. In fact the HIV test, test for antibodies and not a virus. The second stage is called seroconversion. This is when the body starts make antibodies to fight off the virus. This is the stage where a person may have flu like symptoms. This is also the time when the disease is very infectious. The third stage is called symptom free. This stage is when a person has no symptoms what so ever. A person in this stage of HIV can have no symptoms from 6 months to 10 years. No one really knows why there are no symptoms at that time. The fourth stage is the actual AIDS. This is the stage where the T cells drop below 200 and the OI’s are present.
Image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern