What is it?
- AIDS is a diagnosis given to HIV+ individuals who meets one of 2 criteria.
How do you get it?
- If at any point in time, someone who is HIV+ white blood cell count is to drop below 200 per teaspoon of blood, they will then be diagnosed with AIDS.
- The second way is if someone who is HIV+ is to get one of 26 opportunistic infections. These are infections that we see very common in individuals who have weakened immune systems.
What are the symptoms?
- Symptoms will vary depending on what opportunistic infection the individual has.
Treatment & Prevention
- Treatment and Prevention for AIDS can be very tricky. AIDS effects every person differently.
- HIV+ individuals AIDS treatment will vary depending on what opportunistic infection they have.
- To prevent the progression to an AIDS diagnosis, an HIV+ individual must take their medication at the same time, every day. If they are to miss a dose that medication may no longer be good for them.