Hiv And The Immune System

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What is HIV HIV , stands for human immunodeficiency virus, it is a virus that attacks the immune system, the immune system protects the body against infection and illness .If the body does not have a strong immune system, It may not be able fight off disease. The virus and the infection it causes are termed HIV. White blood cells are the part of the immune system that is important as far as fighting off infection. When a person catches HIV it infects and destroys certain white blood cells called CD4+ cells. If a lot of CD4+ cells are destroyed, the body can no longer fight off infection. When HIV progresses to its last stage it is called AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). People with AIDS have a very low number of CD4+ cells and get infections or cancers that do not commonly occur in non-infected people. These infections and cancers can be deadly because the immune system is compromised. A common misconception that people have is that AIDS and HIV is the same thing. Having HIV doesn 't mean you have AIDS. Even if a patient is never treated for HIV, it still takes a long time for HIV to turn into AIDS sometimes it can take up to 10 to 12 years for HIV to turn into AIDS. When a patient is diagnosed with HIV there are medicines to slow the HIV virus to turning into AIDS, medicines can slow or stop the disease from damaging the immune system. If AIDS does develop there is still hope, medicines can help the immune system become healthy again. With
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