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Anonymous asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsInfectious Diseases · 4 years ago

Can other illness or infections cause A.I.D.S or only HIV?


Aids is basically your immune system failure so is it possible extremely poor hygiene or lifestyles that could lead to things that would severely impair the immune system like just for example: Leprosy, Meningitis or Ebola (not suggesting any of those would not even sure what all systems the above mentioned attacks, just using an example) If aids is a breakdown of the immune system is it not possible it could be caused by other illness?

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  • 4 years ago
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    AIDS is a syndrome that is seen in HIV infected individuals. I think you know the history of AIDS. The term AIDS was invented specifically for those people who were developing this syndrome before they knew there was a virus involved. Once the virus was discovered then they knew that AIDS was caused by this virus. There are other acquired immunodeficiency conditions out there not associated with HIV. The patient population and the fact they did not have already known conditions associated with decreased immunity meant that it was a unique condition related to HIV infection.

    "HIV diagnoses and stage 3 (AIDS) classifications

    HIV infection is classified as stage 3 (AIDS) when the immune system of a person infected with HIV becomes severely compromised (measured by CD4 cell count) and⁄or the person becomes ill with an opportunistic infection. In the absence of treatment, AIDS usually develops 8 to 10 years after initial HIV infection; with early HIV diagnosis and treatment, this may be delayed by many years. With the release of the Revised Surveillance Case Definition for HIV Infection — United States, 2014 (, CDC now uses a stage system to describe HIV infection (see Stage of Disease)."

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  • 4 years ago

    You can give it to your children if you give birth to a child when you have HIV. It's hereditrary

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