• August 8th, 2016
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Differences between HIV and Aids

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 The major Differences Between HIV and AIDS are in  the definitions. HIV normally stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV is the name of the virus which normally infects the immune system and then  damages it over a period of time. AIDS is Acquired Immune–Deficiency Syndrome.
Some viruses, like those that cause the common cold, stay in the body only for a few days and they are already fought by the body’s immune system. But with HIV, once you get the virus it slowly begins to attack the immune system, killing off the healthy immune system cells. This deterioration and destruction of the body’s immune system is what leads to AIDS. Business Training in Kenya has more articles.

AIDS is usually the final stage of the HIV infection. One is said to have AIDS when the CD4 cell count drops below 200 or a person has one or more opportunistic infections. A healthy person usually has a CD4 count of between six hundred and one thousand and two hundred.The opportunistic infections are normal infections that a healthy person normally would be able to fight off.

Differences between HIV and Aids Differences between HIV and Aids

Differences between HIV and Aids

Stages of the HIV Infection in the Differences between HIV and Aids

The Window period  is the period following the infection. This period is called the window period because it shows the window of time between infection time and the time which antibodies are developed in a person. During This period  the HIV test can be done and the virus detected. The HIV test is for antibodies and not the virus.

Sero conversion is the next stage of HIV infection. Here, the body begins to develop antibodies to fight the virus. During this period a person may have various disease symptoms. Also during this period one is said to be highly infectious.

The third stage is symptom free. During this period a person may have no symptoms of the disease. The symptom free stage can last from six months-ten years.

Stages of the HIV Infection in the Differences between HIV and Aids

The final stage is called AIDS. This is the period when CD4 cells drop to below 200 and the opportunistic infections are already present.

So it is realized that HIV is an infection that leads to AIDS. The body immune system is slowly attacked until it is destroyed and can no longer fight infections. A person is then said to have AIDS. AIDS is the final stage of the  HIV infection.

AIDS is an advanced HIV disease. One with  AIDS has an immune system so weakened by HIV that the person usually becomes sick from opportunistic infections. If somebody with HIV has been  diagnosed with one of these opportunistic infections even if the CD4 count is more than 200, he is said to have AIDS. AIDS takes time to develop from the time a person acquires HIV between two  to ten oreven  fifteen  years.

Stages of the HIV Infection in the Differences between HIV and Aids

Once a person has been diagnosed with AIDS, she or he is always considered to have AIDS, even if that person’s CD4 count goes up again and/or they recover from the disease that defined their AIDS diagnosis. And thus the information on the Differences between HIV and Aids

 

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