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Can HIV lead to AIDS?

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDS if not treated. So once you get HIV, you have it for life. HIV attacks the body's immune system, specifically the CD4 cells (T cells), which help the immune system fight off infections.

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Just so, does HIV always lead to AIDS?

HIV and AIDS are not the same thing. And people with HIV do not always have AIDS. HIV is the virus that's passed from person to person. Over time, HIV destroys an important kind of the cell in your immune system (called CD4 cells or T cells) that helps protect you from infections.

Similarly, how does HIV develop to AIDS? HIV destroys CD4 T cells — white blood cells that play a large role in helping your body fight disease. The fewer CD4 T cells you have, the weaker your immune system becomes. You can have an HIV infection, with few or no symptoms, for years before it turns into AIDS .

Likewise, people ask, how long does it take HIV to turn into AIDS?

Generally speaking, the time it takes to go from HIV infection to AIDS is around 5-10 years if no medical intervention is made. Differences in time can be due to any number of factors, including: The genetic strain of HIV a person has been infected with (some of which may be more or less virulent than others)

How does HIV reproduce and cause AIDS?

It is the DNA genes that allow the virus to replicate. Like all viruses, HIV can replicate only inside cells, commandeering the cell's machinery to reproduce. Like HIV in humans, these animal viruses primarily infect immune system cells, often causing immunodeficiency and AIDS-like symptoms.

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